First I want to start off by saying this in advane. I just wanted to share my story. I don't mind telling people my story or answering any questions than anyone may have. I just don't care to give advice or an opinion unless asked. On Aug 20, 2004, I was diagnose with Hodgkins Disease. After a needle biopsy the results we inconclusive, so off to surgery I went. To help you understand a little more, the mass in my chest had reached the size of a cabbage ball. I had no lung capacity on the left side since the mass was compressing it into my back. I was fairly lucky in the fact that the mass had out grown its blood supply and therefore was dying. The needle biopsy resulted the way it did due to nacrotic tissue. I had the mediastinal biopsy a few days later and the pathology report stated that I had Stage 2B (based on my symptoms and the size of the mass) Nodular Sclerosing Hodgkins Disease. I was then prepared to start chemo. I underwent 12 weeks (1day per week) of a chemo regimen call Stanford V. My last treatment of this was the monday before Thanksgiving. I was required to wait 4 wks before I could start radiation, since this would be xmas/new years I waited one extra week. Before starting radiation my doctors were happy to report that the had shrunk by 40%. During my waiting period I was tattooed in three place the dots are truely not visable unless you are looking for them. I then began my 6wks of radiation this was daily. My body or mass I should say didn't respond as well to the the radiation as the doctors had hoped it would. I then had to wait 2mths before I had another pet scan to see if the active cancer cells were gone. After 2mths of waiting I returned for my pet scan. There was still a small amount of active cells remaining which I honestly had expected. I was asked to come back in July to wait just alittle longer. I returned in July for another pet and really did not expect any change. I had prepared to find out it was still there but what I was not prepared was for the doctor to tell me it had spread. The doctor scheduled an appointment for me to have another needle biopsy. This was to find out if it was the same strand or a new set of cancer cells. The needle biopsy again was not very helpful in fact it worried the doctors that it may have transitioned into Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. If you are not familiar with the two Hodgkins disease has a very high curability rate, Non Hodgkins has a much lower curability rate. I then had another mediastinal biopsy. It was confirmed that it was not NHD it was just HD. This was a great relief, but I was then diagnosed with Persistent HD. Aug 26, 2005, I had went to see the doctor and he recommended my treatment be high dose chemo with a Stem Cell Transplant. Since the hospital didn't have a physician on staff that was qualified for this I had to see another doctor. I had to choose between 2 hospitals. I am from the New Orleans area and my choices were Tulane or Baptist(Memorial) Hospital. Since Tulane is a learning hospital it is harder to be here since I would had to meet their requirements for a study, so I chose Memorial. When I left from my appointment on that friday I had an appointment scheduled with a doctor at Memorial Hospital on August 29, 2005. I have plenty more to write so I will finish updating tonight or this week.