When I was first diagnosed with Lymphoma I was in shock. I was 31 years old and I had been extremely healthy my whole life, except for the last couple years. To me, it all started 3 years prior with an infectious pericarditis and ramping work-related stress. Even though I know my health was very deteriorated, I was hoping it was just another infection. It wasn't. What helped me the most at that point was my support system. A cascade of positive energy from my family, friends and medical team put me in the right mind set to go through chemotherapy. Not all days are easy, I have good days and bad days, but I always find time during the day to be grateful for what I have in life. I still think about the future and my bucket list, but I have learned to appreciate more the present and truly live the joy of other's peoples success without being so critical of my own performance. I am blessed to have the best medical attention I could ask for. I let them cure me through science while I cure my mind through love.
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