Survivor: Hodgkin's Lymphoma
I am a Survivor
My name is Christopher Jenkins, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when I was 21, Seminoma when I was 26 & had a recurrence of Lymphoma in an unrelated area to my original tumors. Along with the cancer I’ve experienced enough trauma for a couple of life times. I’ve been close to dying several times, each time I told myself, “now is the time to live.” For 18 years I was so afraid of dying, that I wasn’t living. I asked time and time again, why is this always happening to me? I’m a kind, loving, compassionate guy, an honestly good person that keeps getting knocked down. For most of my life, even before cancer I was trying to understand “why me?” Instead of charging forward and experiencing all life has to offer, I was limiting myself to a mundane existence of what was familiar and what I felt was safe. It was hard believing in the everything happens for a reason philosophy when I was constantly being dealt horrible experiences. There had to be a reason other than to punish me why I was remaining on this plane of existence. A chance encounter over a year ago along with counseling and an extremely patient & supporting wife allowed me to see my destiny, my purpose for being, the purpose for my years of adversity. I know I’m supposed to help people. I’ve been given a couple opportunities for my voice to be heard and I’m taking full advantage of that. I’m more determined than ever and everyone I’ve been fortunate to interact with I’ve told I won’t let them forget about me.
My name is Christopher Jenkins, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when I was 21, Seminoma when I was 26 & had a recurrence of Lymphoma in an unrelated area to my original tumors. Along with the cancer I’ve experienced enough trauma for a couple of life times. I’ve... [Read More]
Stage of Treatment
Finished treatment 5 or more years ago
Bone Marrow Biopsy
Complete Blood Count (CBC) Test
Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
Fine Needle Aspiration
Liver Function Test
Lymph Node Biopsy
Multiple-Gated Acquisition (MUGA) Scan
Nuclear Medicine Imaging
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan
Blood Pressure Fluctuations
Decreased Lung Capacity
Equilibrium Issues/ Balances Issues
Hair Loss or Alopecia
Heart & Lung Problems
IHC Blog Posts (2)
SadNovember 12th, 2016
I would just like to say while everyone has been fighting with friends & family and bitching about this election a friend just passed away from cancer. There is now a wife without a husband, a parent without his son & children without their dad. He never once said anything negative about anyone or his situation & embraced the positive under such a dire situation. We could all learn a lot from him. Stop it, all of you.
to new adventures!October 31st, 2016
My oncologist is retiring after 18 years together and I'm moving to the Pacific Northwest. There are a whole range of emotions taking place right now as I'm reminiscing, reflecting and anticipating the changes that are about to occur. I've met some horrible doctors during my life, but I am not afraid. There is a lesson to be learned from every experience and I believe this is going to be a great one!
hey hey....October 18th, 2016
Not sure if this is allowed or not, but I started a blog before I joined the community here. You can check it out https://hopeinbeing.com/ Not a solicitation just easier than typing all of my feelings back on here. I'm trying to make a difference and get things done, focusing on young adults & especially young adults who get neglected once treatment has ended. Sometimes it's harder living after cancer than during. I was not prepared for the myriad of complications following treatment and there needs to be more resources for survivor's. Cancer needs to be treated as a chronic illness and as much as I want to believe there will be a cure, I feel that the big pharma & insurance companies won't let that happen. All of us know (or should know) that the money is not in the cure, but being in the health care system for the rest of our lives, if not physically, mentally.