We carried on, after three months of chemotherapy we had a halfway scan and everything was going well, it was, the lumps were all going down, there were, all of the lumps were believed to have been above my diaphragm, I was Stage 2 Hodgkin's disease. I had two lumps under my left arm, two under my collar bone, two in my neck and several in a sort of cluster under my sternum. The largest lumps were in this area and they were regressing at a pace that the doctors were all very happy with. I carried on with chemotherapy, got to the end of the six cycles, which we were hoping was going to be the end of it.
I then had another scan after which we were told that no, there were still some lumps present, so we'd have to have a further two cycles of chemotherapy, which was, that was a shock, although we knew it was possible we really hoped that that would be the end of it, and so it was quite depressing to be told that you have to go and have further treatment. That was almost harder than the initial diagnosis because you think you've done it but then you're told, “Oh no, there's going to be more”. And so we were told that that would happen. We were also told that there was a limit to how much chemotherapy you could have and that once you've had the eight cycles that would be it, you know, there was a possibility that I could have radiotherapy or start something else then, but that should be the end of it.
So we carried on, there was a one month break whilst the scan took place and everything, and I did actually start to feel better after even just after a month off the chemotherapy, and then back in for another two cycles. So we had another two months of chemotherapy, which wasn't, the first cycle probably wasn't as bad as the latter ones of the six months because I've had this bit of a break, but then, again, as it sort of built up inside me it really started to knock me for six again.