Scott D. is a singer, actor and business owner with a YouTube channel covering his experience with Stage III Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
How was your cancer diagnosis discovered?
At Christmas time, I noticed I had a lymph node swollen on the right side of my neck & as I was training for a half marathon at the time, I kept noticing it on my runs. It was painful, which was odd as usually the cancerous lumps are painless. I went to see my doctor after a month as it hasn’t gone down and by this point I had more lumps in my neck. I didn’t have any other symptoms of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and still haven’t to this day.
What is the biggest piece of advice that you have for newly diagnosed patients?
For me, research was key. Due to all the waiting in between appointments and biopsies, PET scans etc. I became quite anxious and the unknown is literally the worst stage of the whole process. Educating myself before, during and after diagnosis and really understanding my cancer helped me feel more in control. Sometimes answering other people’s questions can be tough, so you want to be fully informed. Literally, since my diagnosis, life has been far more normal (minus the chemo) as I’ve been able to focus on being positive & getting this done.
What is the most important thing you learned from your cancer experience?
Again, this is very personal to each person, but I’ve learned that life continues and carries on throughout the process. I had this idea that treatment & the chemo life would be a completely different thing I’d have to get used to for 6 months. Actually, my way of dealing with it is to try and be as normal as I can & that isn’t too difficult if you have a sense of humour and a positive outlook.
What was the most difficult aspect of organizing your care/community?
I think the most difficult thing is the transport. Luckily, I live relatively close to the two hospitals I need to go to, but I try and ensure that I don’t use public transport on the way home from chemo sessions. I don’t drive, so I have amazing friends that volunteer. This can be more difficult if you become neutropenic as there are more factors to consider so you don’t get an infection
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