I read a post yesterday on another cancer support site that reminded me of why we started "Hodgkin's International." It was written by a gentleman who was a Hodgkin's survivor. He had been hearing about the long-term effects of treatment, had learned of the plight of some of his fellow survivors, and was beginning to have some difficulties himself. He was scared. He wanted to know if there was any "good news" out there.
Well, my friend, there IS some good news. To begin, more and more people are surviving cancer, and well beyond the moment that they were pronounced "cured." Survivorship Clinics are appearing in several areas of the US, and some in other countries as well. The medical community is beginning to recognize the needs and struggles of cancer survivors. There are research projects going on right now that are attempting to study the late effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
Yes, we have already lost far too many of our friends and fellow survivors, all of them just as courageous and determined as the next. And yes, far too many of us are struggling with serious complications from our earlier treatment. But for every story of grief and despair, there is one of hope. There are Hodgkin's survivors all over the world who are leading full and healthy lives.
Hodgkin's International's mission is to reach out to each and every survivor of Hodgkin Lymphoma, where ever they may be, and let them know that no matter what, they are not alone. We are here. And we are NOT giving up.