From Cheree's Desktop...

''You might have something called Lymphoma,' the doctor said. "That's cancer," I thought to myself, but... I didn't panic. Something... rather SOMEONE... calmed my nerves. Tears ran down my face, but I was at peace. The news was overwhelming, but so was God's presence.'
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October 2nd, 2004 I was diagnosed with with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a rare cancer of the lymph nodes, that I consistently spell wrong

I was caught in stage 2 (out of 4). The cancer consisted of 2 tumors: an enlarged lymph node by my right collar bone, and one the size of a small potato that squished up against my sternum and some major veins.

To treat the cancer, I immediately began chemotherapy, once every three weeks for 6 months(Oct-Mar). After chemotherapy the the larger tumor was still active so I completed 7 weeks of radiation. Still the cancer was active, and was proving to be aggressive. Therefore, a *stem-cell transplant and high-dosage chemo was necessary (June-August)
(*For more stem-cell transplant information see "FAQ")

' During my six months of chemo I experienced nausea, insomnia, body-aches, occasional mouth sores or tenderness, and fatigue.

' Through chemotherapy and radiation, I was still able to live life... able to eat, run, study, dance, live, pray, worship, play and sing! I continued school at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, OR. and lived on campus. At times, my body was weaker than ever, but by the Lord's wonderful mercy, my spirit and soul find strength in Him! I received all this as a unique gift that God is going to use for His fame and my good! I thank Jesus! He is the source of my strength and peace!


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Thank you for all of your prayers and support! All the cards, gifts, phone calls and visits have been like one giant soul-hug! Love is a beautiful thing!

I'm now in REMISSION! PRAISE THE LORD! Your prayers have help carry me through to this point, I'm soo thankful! Now that I'm in remission, I'll be monitored every three months for awhile. Please keep praying for me--that God would sustain this healing, and that the cancer would not come back. Thank you!

God is good - ALL the time!

Cheree
   
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