Hey, my name is Shianne and I have Non-Hodgkins T-Cell Lymphoma. I will be fifteen on August 25th. I was diagnosed on October 13, 2011. Here’s my story..
Around the beginning of October, I started having really horrible shoulder pain on my right side and I was very short of breath. At the beginning, it wasn’t bad enough to miss school, but it was pretty uncomfortable. After about a week, it started to become unbearable. So bad that I would come home crying. So, my mom made a doctor’s appointment for me. The doctor said that I was having muscle spasms, so she gave me a perscription for muscle relaxers. The next day, I had an appointment at the heart doctor for a recent heart murmor. They did an EKG, ultrasound, and oxygen level test. My oxygen level was 85%, which explained my shortness of breath. The heart doctor did the ultrasound and something was wrong. She told my mom that she had thirty minutes to pack our stuff and an ambulance was on it’s way to pick me up and take me to New Orleans. We arrived at Children’s around 8:30 or so and they admitted me into the Intensive Care Unit. I remember being told that I had a very big mass pressed against my heart and my airway and I had a large amount of fluid around my heart and in my lungs. I didn’t know what a “mass” was, but I was hoping that it wasn’t cancer. Yeah.. let’s just say that I set my hopes way too high. I then remember my mom crying, telling me that I had cancer, but I don’t think I cried. I had every right to break down, and I remember thinking, “Why did God do this to me?” But really, I can only be thankful to him. Only Jesus can get me through this. I wasn’t given cancer as a punishment. I think I was given cancer to make myself stronger and to bring my family together. We have become so much closer and we have come out of this situation sooooo much stronger, and I couldn’t have done it without God.
I have stories of things that have happened to me along the way, bumps on the road. I would love to hear from people who have my same diagnosis and I would love to share the rest of my story. So please comment! I’m still new to this process, so I have questions too.<3