- Chest x-ray reveals large mass in right chest cavity.
- Subsequent CT scan offers differential diagnosis of either sarcoma or lymphoma.
- 3 x late night emergency room visits (and one ride in an ambulance).
- Tissue retrieved from in-office biopsy conducted by thoracic surgeon bad quality for biopsy.
- CT guided fine needle biopsy of lung conducted.
- Diagnosed with primary mediastinal large B cell lymphoma (PMBCL).
- Meet with oncologist and begin oral chemotherapy.
- Gallium scan conducted to establish baseline.
- Echocardiogram conducted to ascertain heart's capacity to endure chemotherapy.
- Begin chemotherapy (R-CHOP) once every three weeks.
- Lose hair.
October: Begin sick leave.
- Follow-up CT scan shows decrease in tumour size - chemotherapy continues.
- Gallium scan conducted - results inconclusive.
- PET scan conducted - results inconclusive.
January 2011: Blood counts low but CT scan shows continued decrease in tumour size - chemotherapy continues for 7th and 8th round.
- 21 sessions (three weeks, daily) of radiation therapy completed.
- Government-funded sick leave runs out - return to work.
- Hair returns. Gained 20+ lbs during treatment.
- Follow-up CT scan shows small mass where tumour used to be - most likely scar tissue.
- REMISSION. Follow-up appointments scheduled every three months
- Echocardiogram confirms normal heart function despite excess fluid in heart sac.
- Begin anti-depressants to treat depression and anxiety. (Discontinue one year later.)
2011-2014: Follow-up appointments and blood work normal. Gradually increase oncologist visits to every 6 months.
- Blood work shows abnormal levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Referred to endocrinologist.
- Begin synthetic thyroid medication.
September 2014: Begin weekly appointments with psychiatrist.
January 2015: TSH reaches normal levels - continue visits with endocrinologist.
May: Complete half-marathon.
June: Request oncologist for referral to fertility clinic.
January 2016: Blood test of anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) show signs of abnormally low egg reserve.
February: Hysterosalpingogram conducted - fallopian tubes blocked.
May: Diagnostic laparoscopy conducted - organs healthy but tubes still blocked.