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HOLLY'S STORY

'I went through every emotion possible. Why me? Why now?'


Holly was 25 weeks pregnant when she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

This is her story...

November 1st 2022 is a day I'll never ever forget. A day I heard the words 'Hodgkins Lymphoma'.


When I was 20 weeks pregnant, I found a lump in my neck. After my previous pregnancy, I'd found a couple of lumps and bumps which ended up being fine, so I thought the lump on my neck was just another swollen lymph node. Sadly, after an ultra sound and biopsy, I discovered this was not the case.


At 25 weeks pregnant I was sat down by a doctor and a Macmillan nurse and told the news: I had cancer.
As you can imagine, it's not the news anyone wants to hear, let alone when pregnant.

From this day my family and I went through every emotion possible. Why me? Why now?


After various biopsies and tests, I was told to delay treatment. I was Stage 2a and so it was safe to wait and be induced at 36 weeks. After a long 11 weeks, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and began chemo the following week.


I am currently on ABVD treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma. Every Thursday afternoon I attend my chemo session and, do you know what, I love it.

The staff, the patients, are just amazing. It's not a sad or depressing atmosphere at all.

So far I haven't felt too bad apart from the odd weird and wonderful side effect. I do find that the first five days after chemo are my worst days; nausea and tiredness really do play a big part. But after that, I have been feeling OK.


So far 'mum life' hasn't been affected too much. I am juggling a baby (now 4 months) and a 3 year old, who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Thankfully, I have been able to fulfil my mum duties. I usually try and avoid children's parties the first weekend after chemo, but to be fair it's quite a good excuse to send my husband instead!


I found out on after my fifth session that all of my tumours have reduced in side. I hope as I approach the end of my treatment that my symptoms don't worsen, but we shall see.


Let's hope this 'bump in the road' will be over very shortly.

Holly x



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