Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor Now an Art Student


“Don’t dream it, be IT” -Alyssa Edwards “Breath. It’s only a bad day, not a bad life” -Johnny Depp

Jailyne was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on April 20th, 2016. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is an Art Major at the University of Houston.

The Diagnosis

“I started treatment at Texas Oncology in Weslaco, Texas when I was 18 years old. After being admitted to the hospital for Pneumonia, a CT scan showed a mass in between my lungs. I had a biopsy done a couple of days later, and was diagnosed on April 20, 2016, with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma”

The Journey

“The original plan was 8 chemo rounds and possibly radiation. However, my body weakened and I stopped responding to this treatment. I started with even more aggressive and toxic chemo, after my counts couldn’t recover anymore I moved to Houston to get a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately with the move and waiting for admission at TCH, I had already relapsed and my tumor grew bigger, almost twice the size if not more.

I went through about 4 more chemo rounds, 3 radiation rounds and my body couldn’t recover for my 5th chemo. My counts weren’t high enough so my chemo got postponed week after week. During this time I relapsed again, so I was put for an emergency bone marrow transplant. I had so many complications during my BMT such as fungal pneumonia, and infections. I’m almost a year out of transplant and I’m still treating fungal pneumonia.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My biggest motivation was the people whom I loved the most, my sister and brother, my nieces and nephews, my friends, my teachers, my trumpet section and high school band family, but especially for my mother. She never gave up and stood by my side through the very end. I wanted to live for them, but most importantly for me.

I had my whole life ahead of me and I needed to accomplish the goals I had set for myself. One of them being part of Drum Corp International, Carolina Crown. I did audition while on treatment and got several callbacks for this Corp, but I had no option but to cancel when I relapsed.”

Biggest hindrance

“The biggest hindrances of my journey was definitely having so many complications and relapses. Quitting college was especially hard for me since I was going to major in music as a trumpet player. All the treatment I’ve had so far has made me physically unable to pursue the thing that I loved the most, music.

Losing friends and a significant other was also very hard since they were the ones who were “supposed to be there for me” in such a difficult time of my life, not abandon me when I needed them the most.”

Message to other cancer patients

“My message to other cancer patients is to TRUST THE PROCESS. There’s hope, there’s always hope. Fight through for yourself and for the millions of people who have lost their own battle. Keep fighting and never give up. You own your body, not cancer.”

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