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Treatment is Around the Corner

Posted 02-13-2011 at 05:52 AM by Cancer Sucks

At 26 years old I never expected to get the news that I had cancer. My wife is pregnant with our second child and our first child (Brooklyn) is only 2 years old.

I am named after Brooks Wallace, who died in his late 20's from leukemia, and was my father's best friend.

I have been diagnosed with Stage II Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkins Lymphoma. After a ton of blood work, doctor visits, biopsy, checked, re-checked, and several opinions, it is official.

I have put off thinking about it as much as possible thinking that it wouldn't seem so real and intimidating, but now that my treatment begins in just a week, it has become real.

I haven't told anyone except family and I haven't because I don't want to be "that person".

But, as I think more and more about it, I hope that writing this can relieve some stress and maybe give someone else some hope out there.

My wife is a great woman. She looked at me when we found out and said, "You will fight. I am not giving you an option." I made her a promise that I would be here for a long time to come and I would fight as hard as I could, then would fight some more.

The hardest part is trying to explain to my young nieces and nephews why I am going to be sick and not able to be around as much, why I am going to have no hair, and that I love them with all my heart.

I know I have so much more to accomplish in this life and that this will make me a better and stronger person, but I also have no doubt, this is going to challenge me on every single level.


Until Next Time,

Brooks
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