Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma
In January 2015 I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, a semi-aggressive form of blood cancer. Soon afterwards, I had major surgery where my Spleen and a large tumor was removed. Within five weeks of the surgery, I started aggressive chemotherapy treatments. Unfortunately, my body did not agree with the chemotherapy. By the third treatment, I was in a wheelchair and had to have 24 hour care at home. While enduring near constant hospital visits, emergency room visits, and doctor visits, I lost 45 pounds.
My husband and I needed help. We needed to understand what we were dealing with. That is when I called the local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I remember my first call was with a lady named Sharon. I had no Idea that finding Sharon would be such an answer to prayer for the battle we were facing. I remember I would talk to her for an hour and she would never put me on hold. Sharon would never tell me she had to go. If I left a message she always called me back. Sharon gave me several sites to go to for financial aid through the LLS. My side effects were so extreme that going to support groups were just not helping me. Sharon would find survivors who had the same kind of side effects and same kind of cancer I did to call me. Never once did Sharon ever ask for any money. Never once did Sharon ever talk to me about the "Light The Night Walk". The only thing that Sharon ever did was help me and my family survive what can only be described as a nightmare.
It wasn't until the chemo stopped and I started recovering that I found out that she was Sharon Cohan, Patient Acess & Education Manager for all of Florida. It was then how much I realized this nonprofit organization was about caring and loving and truly helping people with blood cancers.
I am in remission now, and we thank our Lord Jesus Christ for His grace and mercy on our lives.
We have come back for the fight, but this time we are coming back with more supporters and a fight in us that cannot be stopped until there's a cure. We invite you to join us and our Smoothie Whirl'd family this year and become part of a team to put a stop to the suffering of blood cancers.
Survivor, Warrior, Soldier and Conqueror
Walk with Team I&A on November 18 and help us Light the Night!