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"Lymphoma Libby" beats cancer.

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center | Cancer Care

In December of 2000 I began feeling a funny gurgling in my throat, really itchy skin, extreme tiredness and horrible hiccups. I was 20 years old. My mom and I both thought maybe I had mono, so with a little prodding from her, I went to see a doctor. This led to a CAT scan, more tests and bad news: Hodgkin's lymphoma, stage two. I had officially become a cancer patient.

I had four cycles of chemo in a little over four months. Besides the typical hair loss, nausea and vomiting of chemo, I ended up getting hospitalized three times, for a total of 12 days, and dropped 30 pounds.

Because I slept a lot during those four months, I can say that it seemed like the time went by quickly. But for my caregivers, that was an incredibly long four months. I know every time I got hospitalized, I scared everyone. I didn't know it at the time, but my sister would just sit and watch me sleep to make sure I kept breathing.

Once I finished treatment, it was time to move on to all those follow-up scans to make sure that I stay in remission. First it was every three months, then every four, then every six, and then once a year.

I'm happy to report that I went to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in 2012 for my 11th year of remission follow up! I've celebrated several National Cancer Survivors Day's at Legacy Emanuel (until it got too big!). Thank you Legacy Emanuel and some awesome doctors, nurses, P.S.s, M.A.s, radiology techs, med students, receptionists and even cleaning staff. You all helped to get me to this point! Onward and upward!

— Libby Mongue