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Please follow me on my journey. Below you can read my story and see status updates of my progress as well as pictures. Thank you for being part of my fight, the fight for my life.
Thank you. Molly M. Mahurin
Heres a brief synopsis of my fight against cancer.
* I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma stage 4 on March 3rd, 2016 , after having a femoral lymphnode removed through a biopsy, at the age of 35 years old. There is no stage 5 , lol.
* Stage 4 meant that the cancer was above AND below my diaphragm and that it has metastasized into either a organ or bone. Mine had done both. I had a tumor in my right lower lobe of lung and a very large aggressive tumor on my right illiac crest of hip bone ( apx half of my hip was covered in cancer.
* Things moved quick after that and I spent the next two weeks getting test ran, pulmonary studies done, echo cardiographs, ekg, bone scans , bone marrow biopsies, and a power port surgercically placed on my left chest in order to be ready for chemotherapy on March 22nd 2016.
* It took me 8 and 1/2 months to complete 12 rounds of ABVD chemotherapy , which was immediately followed up by 13 rounds of radiation in order to try to stop the tumor on my hip from growing any more into my bone. I finished my last round of radiation on December 22nd 2016, 2 days before Christmas Eve. I underwent a PET scan to gauge my prognosis and status of the chemo and radiation treatments . That is when I learned that the prognosis was worse than I ever prepared myself to imagine. The cancer was still showing light up and active in several spots including my left abdomen and pelvic, my left lower lobe of lung still showed a tumor present and my tumor on my right iliac crest of hip bone had actually almost doubled in circumference from its original measurements. At this moment I was scared for my life for the first time . I knew I had to fight. I had been fighting I thought. But , now I realized that this would be the hardest fight I've ever endured, and trust me I've endured some fights along my way , lol. My fear, my anger, my faith forced me to take some quick actions.
* I was grateful to be alive to celebrate Christmas but knew something was not right. I have one of the most curable and treatable cancers in the world and it was not curing!! Scared for my life for the first time since I began this journey I knew I needed to make a chance in my cancer fight. So on January 5th, 2017 I moved from NWA to Kansas City, Mo. to fight for my life. I contacted Kansas University Medical Center and started care in their Cancer Center. It wasn't long after that that I was informed that my ONLY chance at any sort of long term survival was going to require I receive a Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT) transplant from KU's Bone Marrow Transplant Center.
* Please continue to follow my journey through this process as I fight to win. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support and prayers. It will be my " saving grace" !