IamA 17 Year Old, and today I beat Cancer. AMA!
Late in 2014 I had a lymph node sticking out from under my chin that was about the size of a golf ball. My family kept saying "maybe it'll go down" until eventually in early January of 2015 I went to the doctor's office to have it seen. That started a long process of biopsies, surgeries, and eventually chemo treatments. I had be diagnosed in early February with Stage 2A Favorable Hodgkin's Lymphoma. (Staging for Hodgkin's Lymphoma: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/hodgkindisease/detailedguide/hodgkin-disease-staging).
Cancer is hard for everyone, but for a 17 year old with hopes of being alive for their entire life, it was especially hard. However, I remember laughing and smiling at first when my dad got the phone call, and then going to my room and crying. I haven't cried since. The people around me have called me an inspiration, because I've only looked at the bright side of this disease. If I can inspire people and help them get over hardships in life, then I'd live for it. I've completed over 77 hours of chemo treatments, and I've missed probably nearly 100 days of school (Junior in high school at the time, now a Senior). Today I went for a review of my recent PET scan from a week ago, and the doctor walked in and told me I was in complete remission. I kicked cancer's ass.
More Proof: https://instagram.com/charlieyoloswag/ (My instagram, I post a lot of crap on it; however, If you go back far enough I posted a series called "Chemo Mane" where I posted a picture and update for every chemo visit I had.)
Even More Proof: http://imgur.com/a/u2UP8
(I have an audio recording from when my doctor walked in to tell me I'm in remission to when he left the room. Might upload later if anyone is interested.)
Edit 12:23AM EST: I added more proof. I am going to sleep now since I have school tomorrow. I'll still answer questions tomorrow! Thank you for all the support and questions! I love it!
Edit 1:16AM EST: Having a hard time falling asleep, I've been reading through the questions on my phone so I'll answer some and try to fall back asleep! Also, I read about patients giving advice to patients: just know that some doctors aren't always right, but I'm not saying they are wrong.
Edit 5:51AM EST: Thank you to whoever gifted me Reddit Gold! Much love! I've gotten tons of questions both good and bad. I've tried to answer them all! I'll check back in through-out the day and answer as many as I can.
Edit 5:25PM EST: AMA over! Thank you everyone for your questions and responses! I'm sorry if I didn't get to answer all the questions, but I tried! Take care everyone.