Hodgkins Lymphoma Survivor
Tim S. has been with the OC Family since October 2015, with Dr. Pandya by his side. It took months for Tim to figure out what exactly was wrong with him, with each month his cough would worsen; becoming more painful.
At the age of 39, Tim was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. His primary care doctor told him: "If anyone in my family had this, I would tell them to go see Dr. Pandya." During Tim's first appointment with Dr. Pandya; Dr. Pandya told him, "This is the 1st day of your new life, and I cut this specific cancer like a hot knife through butter." Dr. Pandya never let Tim feel down, he never let it get to him. As Tim stated: "Live life to the max, I never knew how bad it could get. You realize how good you used to have it; It really sucks, but look how much you have now that you didn't realize before."
Just as Dr. Pandya had said, Tim's life changed. "I thought I could still work, but I couldn't do it - my new job was chemo. I would walk where I once used to run, I couldn't help with taking out the trash, along many more things that began to change in my daily life. It was a new way of life."
Tim was deadly afraid of needles. Before October, he would never do needles, never took x-rays and barely saw doctors. "I would always pass out when I was about to get a shot." After Tim's first chemo session, he got a blood clot in his left arm along with an infection in his port. This lead him to conquer one of his biggest fears, needles. Tim had to self inject himself with a needle everyday. "During my first 5 chemo sessions, I was on thin ice. I didn't want to see anyone. It was hard for people to understand why I couldn't do certain things. After that, I began to balance it out. I became more confident, communicated better with my doctors, and interacted with people."
One day, Tim got a fortune cookie that said: "Remember 3 months from this date, your lucky star is shining." So he started to count down from 90, each day getting closer to zero. Three months later, his results came back negative. During the journey, Tim went a purchased a new pair of running shoes as motivation. Once it was all over, he put on his new pair of running shoes and began to run.
Thank you Tim S. for sharing your story with us, together we overcame cancer!