Craig was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in early May. Some of you may be thinking exactly what the oncologist said upon first meeting Craig: “I would have never known you were this sick looking at you.”
Here’s how it started…
In December 2017, after not feeling well for a while, Craig finally went to the doctor and was diagnosed with mono. There are no meds for this virus – we just had to wait and let it work its way out.
In January, at a follow up appointment, the mono seemed to have been cleared up, but in its place, Craig had strep. After a round of antibiotics, Craig began to feel a little better and, aside from an annoying cough, we thought he was on the mend.
The end of March Craig went to the ER for chest pain. After x-rays were done it was concluded that it must be pneumonia. 2 weeks later, he had a follow up x-ray to see if the “pneumonia” had cleared up. The x-ray scans showed no change, implying that what the doctors thought was pneumonia was actually a mass on his lungs.
This led us to a pulmonary specialist. After examining the x-rays (which showed a softball size mass), we had a CT done for further info, and then a biopsy was needed. After the doctor performed the biopsy, he referred us to VA Cancer Institute for what appeared to be a form of lymphoma. Numerous other tests and scans showed lymph nodes around and in his lungs, around the chest cavity, and along the clavicle area, as well as an enlarged spleen. This officially confirmed the Stage 4 diagnosis.
It is thought that this disease was a result of the mono. The Epstein Barr virus that causes mono can make the body susceptible to Hodgkin’s, so that is our best thought as to where this came from.
Luckily, the doctor has informed us that Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, and he has high hopes for getting this thing in remission. Craig’s plan for treatment consists of 12 rounds of chemotherapy (a regimen consisting of 4 medications). He will receive the infusion treatment every other week through October.
We hope to keep you updated on this blog as Craig undergoes treatment. We appreciate all the love and support from our friends and family during this long battle ahead of us.