is a cancer involving the lymph system and is grouped with lymphoma and
the leukemias. Relatively rare (only about 7500 new cases a year), Hodgkin's
is now a very curable form of cancer. In fact, my friends and I began
calling it Cancer-Lite since once I was diagnosed with it, the disease
seemed to affect my life so little.
This site is
meant to simply be the story of one person with Hodgkin's disease. You
should not attempt to diagnose yourself based on the information in these
pages. If you feel you might have Hodgkin's, you should contact your doctor.
A little bit
about me before you wander around looking at the adventures of Super-Chemo-Girl:
I was born and raised in Texas, and like most Texans, am fiercely proud
of that fact. I graduated high school in 1987 at Lamar High school in
Arlington, Texas, and then went on to get my bachelor's degree at the
University of Texas at Arlington in 1994. (Hey, I was working full-time
through six of those seven years!) In 1994 I received a scholarship to
a private university (well-known) where I obtained my Master's of Fine
Arts degree in the creative writing program. I began teaching first-year
writing in 1995 as a graduate student and continued as an adjunct until
the Fall of 2000 when I was hired full-time as the department computer
guru (as well as continuing to teach first-year writing).
I have numerous
hobbies including: my cats (there's four right now), collecting toys (old
Fisher Price Little People and Batman & Robin action figures especially),
customizing action figures, reading science-fiction/fantasy books, reading
comic books, repairing home electronics when I get the chance (I'm no
expert!), and playing with websites.
The story on
the following pages should be pretty simple to follow. Just click on the
links to the left to get the story. The bottom of each page also includes
a link back to this start page.
The links page
is simply a bunch of links to resources for Hodgkin's Disease. If any
of them are outdated, please contact me.
I have a sense of humor and use it all the time. You can probably guess
that from the simple fact that I call myself Super-Chemo-Girl and refer
to the Hodgkin's as Cancer-Lite. This is my coping mechanism. It works
great for me, but it's not for everyone. If this bothers you, don't wander
through my story. I don't have the time or the energy for people who tell
me that I don't have the proper respect for the seriousness of my condition.
It's only as serious as I let it be. (And that ain't much.) I take care
of myself as the doctor suggests and I laugh at the whole thing.
|These pages copyright © 2001-2009 by Robin
MacRorie. They cannot be reproduced in any form without explicit, prior
written consent from the author. Feel free to link here if you like, though!
|The information contained in this site is
the author's own experience. You should not attempt to diagnose yourself
for any disease, especially if you think you have a serious illness. Consult
with your doctor!
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