Continuing on from my last post on this issue way back in December 2015, my cancer commonly known as the "lazy cancer", officially titled Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin lymphoma (NLPHL) , is generally considered to be a indolent cancer type has decided once again to have a "rebellious teenager-like outburst". This time, it has occurred in the mediastinum region - which is the area located between the lungs which contains the heart, esophagus, trachea, cardiac nerves, and other juicy bits... My lymphona is currently squeezing/compressing my esophagus, making swallowing food extremely difficult at times. I'm scheduled to get another 3 location tattoos, to enable easier targeting for the radiation therapy treatment planned over approximately four weeks. Staying positive... it'll be back to normal soon enough...
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