Letter from Tami

(printed by permission)

What a wonderful testimony you have.  I too am a survivor of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, healed by the grace of God!   I was diagnosed at the age of 27.  (2002)  I was recovering in the hospital from a lumbar laminectomy when I developed excruciating abdominal pain.  After an ultrasound and then surgery to remove a small section of my bowel the diagnosis was complete.   After a CT scan and bone marrow biopsy I was informed that I had stage IV large cell.   It was interesting that I had had 2 surgeries in a week with general anesthesia and had a mass the size of a grapefruit in my chest as well as an enlarged heart.   Who would check for such a thing in a healthy 27 year old.  I was a baby Christian at the time and I found a strength in the Lord that was totally incredible.   I had two small children and death was not an option.  Things were pretty touchy for a while, chemo was started right away and I developed a bowel obstruction s/p abd. surgery.   Six weeks after my back surgery I went home from the hospital.   I went through 5 more months of chemo, with the exact same meds as you had.  Thank God for good Dr.'s and chemo.  I too lost my hair (I think that was one of the most traumatic things for me).  I have been cancer free for 11 years!!!!!   I even had another child after they said I would not be able to.   He is 9.  What a perfect gift he was after a year of so much pain.  Thank you for sharing your story and be blessed!

Tami Salinas - tssalinas@msn.com