So here is the long story short:
Ian found a swollen lymph node in his groin on super bowl Sunday in 2013. By the next month he had gotten it excised, biopsied and was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. He underwent 4 cycles of Chemotherapy with ABVD and 10 days of radiation. He went into remission. 11 months later he found another swollen lymph node. This time in his armpit. He had it biopsied and was told that he had a recurrence of lymphoma but it was a different type. Anaplastic large cell lymphoma. It was odd. After some back and forth they discovered that his original specimen was misdiagnosed. He had anaplastic large cell lymphoma all along. He never had hodgkins.
It was like a kick in the gut when you’re already down. Ian got his port placed in the next few days and started chemo the next week. He completed 3 cycles of salvage chemo with GDP and prepared for autologous stem cell transplant.
This blog was set up so I could communicate some of our story during the transplant to the many people who love and have supported Ian during this difficult time.
It’s written by me, Shiloh, Ian’s wife. I sometimes talk casually about our family but i should probably mention that Wayne and kit are Ian’s parents. Tim and Darcy are mine. Heather, Ximena, and Chella are Ian’s sisters. Our son is tyler, or Mr. T as everyone calls him.
We are staying at mayo hospital:
5777 e. Mayo Blvd.
4th floor, east wing, pod e, room 64
Visiting hours are from 9am-9pm typically but exceptions can made 🙂