Re: Follicular Lymphoma
I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I understand how scary it is, especially when you are young and have young children. The first step is to find out where else the lymphoma might be and then decisions can be made as to whether treatment at this point is necessary or not. Even with Stage 1V, treatment is not always recommended immediately but you would be regularly monitored to watch the nodes. Be encouraged that new treatments are being found all the time and it is likely that even indolent lymphomas, whilst currently considered incurable though very treatable, will be able to be cured sometime in the future.
It is not easy to come to terms with any serious illness but time does help. None of us know how long we have to live so each day is a blessing. Once you know exactly what you are dealing with, it will probably be easier to accept it. Do let us know how the tests go and what decisions you make. We are here to support you as much as possible.
Husband dx July 2003, advanced rectal cancer stage 111C; myself dx July 2006 indolent lymphoma; husband dx February 2010, stage 2 prostate cancer.