Allen’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Story
Allen is twenty-one years old, and he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was nineteen years old. He is currently undergoing 18 rounds of 3D radiation in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, yet he took some time to share his Hodgkin’s Lymphoma story with us.
Receiving a diagnosis of “cancer” at such a young age, right before you’re able to go off on your own can be devastating. Allen shared his reaction to his diagnosis, “When receiving the diagnosis, I was sure that I wasn’t going to make it. As soon as you hear the word cancer, you think death.”
The diagnosis is only the beginning. Following it comes many hardships and difficulties that can make cancer even harder. “My greatest hardship throughout my treatments was not getting sick, but trying to get over the emotional hill. I just started dating my girlfriend and everything was going great. We made plans to do so many things, but when I was diagnosed I thought I would never be able to do any of my dreams with her,” Allen shared.
In addition to hardships comes support, your fuel to continue on and fight. Allen shared, “My greatest comfort for me during this battle would have to be my friends and family, they push me to keep going even when I want to give up.”
We asked Allen if, in addition to his support, he had any quotes that inspire him to keep going when the fight gets overwhelmingly difficult. “When I’m down, I like to think of the quote from Rocky where he states, ‘it ain’t how hard you can hit, it’s about hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.’,” he shared.
Battling cancer, no matter what age or form, can be difficult. Allen opened up with some advice for someone else who is facing the battle of cancer, just like him, “For someone who’s going through the same battle as me, don’t give up no matter how hard it is. It will get better if you keep fighting, don’t let cancer win because you have a whole life in front of you.
Finally, as stated earlier, support is vital for this journey. We asked Allen to share one of the most impactful times when someone supported him and he shared, “The nicest thing someone’s ever done for me during my battle with lymphoma was donate $1,000.00 towards my living and medical bills.”