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Hi everyone. I have a request. My husband and I found out yesterday that his son, my 26-year-old stepson has lymphoma. We don't know what type yet or the stage or anything but all of you who pray, could you please say a special one for DJ ?? At 26, that is too young to have something like this so any prayer would be much appreciated. Thanks for all your friendship and acceptance and for always being so nice to me on the boards.
Any word on how he is doing now?
My girlfriend has lymphoma but I cannot recall what type. She is on medication and sees a massage therapist and has acupuncture. She leads a relatively normal life, is active, drives a transport truck for a living.
Praying all goes well for you son.
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Thank you all so much. DJ had a CAT scan of the abdomen and pelvis and also a biopsy last Friday and we should know the results this Friday, the 9th. I am of course quite scared. DJ is a good kid and I have known him since he was 9 years old. Christmasstar, thank you for your encouraging words. They are just what I needed. You must be an angel. I know lymphoma can be treated, it is just when one's own family gets struck with something that it seems so unreal and scary, I think. I will be so much stronger because I know all of you are with us as well as our Father. I will be sure to post the update just as soon as I can.

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Hi everybody

I wanted to post an update about DJ. He had his followup appointment today at the doctor and it is confirmed to be Hodgkin's lymphoma. It is the earliest stage possible and it is only in one area, his neck. He is quite sick and is being admitted to the hospital. He says he is in pain and since I don't understand exactly what is going on, I don't understand that. I do know a bit about it being a medical transcriptionist, but not everything like a doctor. Since it is the earliest stage and only one location, at this point I am cautiously optimistic. Thank you all for continuing to keep us in your prayers. You are all wonderful. I know we do not really know each other but you are a part of my Christmas family now.

May God bless and keep all on these boards.
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Here is an update on my stepson, DJ:

DJ had a PET scan (positron emissions tomography) last week per the oncologist's request. Unfortunately, it was not particularly good news. Instead of being Stage I as previously on the CAT scan, DJ is actually Stage III. There is involvement of the spleen, kidneys and chest and other sites as well. The oncologist still says he will be fine, being that this is Hodgkin's. However, he is going to have to undergo chemo for 6 months and the doctor says he will not be able to work. I know Hodgkin's is highly curable but I am of course worried as is my husband. Being that he is only 26 is a help, though. I know it could be much, much worse, I just wasn't ready to hear news like this. The oncologist still says he will be fine. I just hope he is right.

Thank you all for caring. I guess we are all going to have to keep praying for a good outcome. It is just a good thing that the PET scan was done. I will let you know more as soon as I find out. I do know that he starts chemo as of tomorrow so the doc is not wasting time.

Take care, and God's blessings on all.

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Here is another update on DJ: So far, so good with DJ's treatment. At the end of July he will be 1/3 of the way finished with chemotherapy. There have certainly been some days when he did not feel well. He just had a bout where his white count dropped really low and chemo had to be delayed until they gave him an injection or injections to get it back up then chemo proceeded. His hair seems to be getting a bit thin but I told him that being bald is so in for young guys !!! I am trying to stay positive with him. I am sure he is scared. I know I would be and I am scared for him.

Tomorrow (June 25) his fiance is having a c-section to deliver their first baby. I hope it goes well. The baby also has problems, a condition called "gastroschisis" and as soon as she is born, will have to be taken to a hospital where they deal with specialities like this. However, the ob-gyn says she will be fine.

Other than that, there is not much more new. There is to be a benefit for DJ and his fiance, Sierra on July 25 to raise money as he cannot work and they definitely need help, much more than my husband and I can give. It should help some at least.

Thank you all for caring so much and for all your prayers and for all the thanks you have given me. This is the first group where I felt I was really welcome as I tend to be very, very shy and self-concious.

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