Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor Shares Her Motivational Journey


“The first step to happiness is accepting who you are and where you are- the rest will follow after that”

Daynah was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when she was just 21 years old. We are very happy to let you know that she has won her battle and dragged cancer out of her life.

The Journey

“I was diagnosed with stage 4B Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which presented as a tumor in my head, 12.5 cm tumor in my chest, and my jaw had lit up. I did 6 rounds of DA EPOCH-R, which failed. I became refractory and we tried GDP-R chemo, to which I was still not in remission. We then did a stem cell transplant with BEAM chemo and a month of radiation. I was announced cancer free on May 21st, 2015.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“I struggle with this because a big part of me didn’t have a choice. It’s hard to be on the other side of cancer and watching it affect the people that loved me. I think that I never really saw ‘not trying’ as an option. One way, I had 0% chance of living- and the other I had a 25% chance. I hadn’t gone that far to just simply go that far.”

The biggest hindrance

“Keyword in this question is “biggest,” because cancer itself tends to be a massive life hindrance. I’d have to say acceptance- mostly of what was happening. It’s all fine to go with the motion when you take a moment to stop and think it changes you. Accepting death and being okay with that was crazy difficult and accepting life after was shockingly just as difficult. Acceptance of your new appearance, acceptance or your limitations…. it was a huge adjustment and I’d have to say my biggest obstacle. This affected relationships and many other aspects of my journey.”

Message to other fighters

“Just do it. Just close your fists when you’re scared and do it. It’s not going to change what’s happening and it’s not going to make it less terrifying, but even a moment of fake extreme bravery can make the world of a difference. It’s doable and it’s scary and it’s life changing but it’s a change that will make you an even stronger person than you could’ve known. It’s okay to be sad and scared, it happens, but always be kind when you don’t feel like it and always be brave when you don’t feel like it.”

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