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Patient stories for aggressive NHL

When you have aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), it can be a difficult and emotional time due to the shocking nature of the diagnosis and the rapidity of treatment. It is worth remembering that you are not alone, and that many other people have gone through what you are going through. In this section of Lymphoma Life, other people who have received the same diagnosis as you talk about their experiences of the disease, their treatment and their lives.

We hope that you find their stories helpful and that they inspire you.

  • You are not alone; many others have lived with aggressive NHL
  • It can be helpful to share experiences, often through local support groups

Cheryl, a hard-working manager and mum, is slowly coming to terms with the emotional journey that can follow a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma


Ambrose, Vice-Chairperson of the charity Lymphoma Support Ireland, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1983. Here, he tells his story about his experiences and treatment.


Diane has faced down non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with courage and humour, and is enjoying watching her daughter grow


Michael is a forklift truck-driver who, although he felt healthy at the time, found a lump in his neck in the autumn of 2001 that turned out to be non-Hodgkin's lymphoma


Managing director of his own company, Jonathan, 37, lives with his partner. In late 2001, he went to see his family doctor with unexplained weight loss, but non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was not found at the time


Ibrahim stresses the importance of getting the right treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma


Tony's wife and children got him through the worst of times and his journey to recovery from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma


Rachel's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is in remission and she is living happily with her two children and supportive partner


Now he’s recovered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Kem will not waste this second stab at life


Tracy Di Lorenzo, 42-year-old make-up artist, and her battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma


Gabby is still fighting after 2 years of treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma


Janice, 39, faced an uphill battle to obtain her diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, but treatment is now going well. Her illness has led to her family and her re-evaluating the priorities in their lives


Jane's young son Jack has just completed his treatment, and now they're looking forward to getting back to normal


Len, who has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is facing the future with courage and hope, aiming to see his children grow up


Having been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Mark is fighting on through the worst year of his life


Renee, a psychology student, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 18 years


Suzanne works in marketing and had recently got married when, at the age of 29, she noticed a lump in her neck that did not go away; she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

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