“Find the good in everything” says Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor

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hodgkin lymphoma survivor

Favorite Quote

“Live the life you’ve imagined.”

Mckenzi Fish was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in October 2010

The Diagnosis

“In October of 2010 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. I was 15 years old.”

The Journey

hodgkin lymphoma survivor's journey

“My fight was 4 months long. It wasn’t fast and easy like some people think. So much changed in 4 months and it was hard because I was in the middle of high school. I only had to have chemotherapy which was a huge blessing. My family and friends were a huge support system and I will always be thankful for it! During my treatment I brainstormed how I could help others with their fight. I have a nonprofit called Forever Fighters, that delivers personalized care packages to children and teen cancer patients.

The hardest part of treatment for me however was after my treatment. I had a hard time dealing with my new normal and going back to the real world when I had changed so much in 4 months. I wanted to be the person I was before but cancer made me into a new person, and eventually I realized that this new person was better than who I was before.”

Biggest Hindrance

“I was a dancer and had been since I was 3 years old. It broke my heart that my dance abilities may change during my treatment. But I never expected that I would have to stop after I was done with treatment. The chemo and prednisone ate away part of my bone marrow in my hip and it’s painful for me to do intense nonevent. I danced all during treatment and for a few years after it but eventually I would need a hip replacement so I had to stop.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“The thought that If I get through this, I will live out my dreams. I had to be happy and positive in order to do fight this and win. I had too many dreams and goals to not achieve them.”

Message to other fighters

message for cancer patients

“Try to stay as positive as possible during treatment! Find the good in everything and find fun in the worst situations. We all have bad days and that’s fine! Just don’t let it affect your entire life in a negative way.”

 

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