April 28, 2015 | By Jessica Lowery
In 2011, at the age of 27, I began to have a dry cough that wouldn't go away. Over the next few weeks other symptoms began to appear. I developed night sweats, lost about 10 pounds, and became extremely fatigued.
After about 6 weeks of this, I decided to go to my primary care provider. She ordered a chest x-ray, and about 20 minutes after the test I received a call from her telling me there was a large mass in my chest. That night I went for a CT scan, which showed it was likely cancer.
Over the next couple of weeks I had a biopsy done and waited for the results. It was confirmed that I had Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I was referred to the SCCA where I had a PET scan, and my port placed. I started chemo and after about 5 months of that and 17 radiation treatments, I can proudly say I've been in remission since June 2012!