It turns out I DO have lymphoma again.
Last year I quit taking the B17 (it was causing my blood pressure to significantly drop), and now I have a tumor that’s 10x8x8cm. It’s wrapped around the spine in my neck and pressing on the nerves that lead to my right hand and arm (so I have little to no function in my right hand and arm), and because of its location, it’s too risky to do surgery to take it out. Anyway, the tumor is too big IMO for the B17 to attack fast enough, so I agreed to do the following. My oncologist put me on an “immunotherapy” called Brentuximab. This is supposed to be a “targeted” therapy, which means it will only release the chemo into the cancer cell. Well, and even though the following wasn’t supposed to happen, I am losing my hair. As a "targeted therapy" it shouldn't affect my hair. My doc looks at me strange and doesn’t know why I’m losing my hair. He said it must be stress. If that’s the case, I’ve been stressed my whole life, so I should have gone bald a long time ago. Anyway, I hardly ever see him and don’t really feel like he truly cares. The last nurse I had also wasn’t being honest about this treatment causing hair loss. We finally looked it up as a "common side effect" on the Mayo Clinic’s website. Grrr.
Anyway, what I realize now, but didn’t realize a year ago when I quit taking the B17, is instead of stopping cold turkey, I simply should have gone back to the brand that originally wiped out my tumors. It didn’t cause my blood pressure to drop so low. So I’m now back to taking www.tjsupply.com (two 500mg a day) without any problems. You see, I had switched to a brand by Apricots from God whose B17 was more “pure.” Only thing is, because of that, it had an adverse reaction on my blood pressure. Now because my tumor is so big, I don’t think the B17 will be able to work fast enough to knock it out, so I agreed to this “targeted” therapy that’s supposed to only attack the cancer (and NOT my hair, e-hem).
In the end, God has our days numbered.
On November 1, 2010, I was diagnosed with Stage Four Non-Hodgkins T-cell Lymphoma when my oncologist found a tumor in my head. He gave me radiation for this tumor, which continued to light up on all the PET scans for the rest of my treatments, but the growth had stopped. Within a year-and-a-half I was given eight rounds of chemo (including 22-hour bags and other numerous amounts of smaller injections of chemo that are innumerable—nearly bleeding to death twice), 35 treatments of radiation, a stem-cell transplant (which included "enough chemo to kill a healthy person"—my oncologist liked to say—along with full-body radiation), and numerous amounts of drugs and one magnesium vitamin.