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Patient story: Jim – His experience with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

In July 2023, Jim noticed a lump in his neck, and it turned out to be a game-changer. At 81, facing something like cancer was tough, but he decided to tackle it head-on. That lump? It was Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a serious type of cancer. Suddenly, Jim was facing a whole new reality, but he didn’t let fear take over. Instead, he found strength in the little things and decided to fight back.

Getting that diagnosis was a real eye-opener for Jim. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma isn’t something to take lightly, especially at his age. But instead of giving in to worry, Jim found a sense of determination he never knew he had. He knew it wouldn’t be easy, but he was ready to take on whatever came his way.

Jim’s journey through treatment wasn’t smooth sailing, but he had an amazing team behind him, led by Dr. Annmarie Bosco at Prince of Wales Hospital. Together, they mapped out a plan that included chemotherapy and other treatments. It wasn’t always easy, and there were setbacks along the way, but Jim kept pushing forward with the support of his loved ones.

One thing that kept Jim going was his positive attitude. He knew that staying upbeat was key to getting through tough times. Talking openly with his doctors and learning as much as he could about his treatment options gave him a sense of control. Even during chemo, Jim made sure to stay active with daily walks, which helped him both physically and mentally.

Jim wasn’t alone on his journey. From the caring nurses to his loving wife, Lorraine, he had a strong support system every step of the way. Their kindness and encouragement made all the difference, reminding Jim that he was never fighting this battle alone.

Now, as Jim nears the end of his treatment at 82, he’s excited to get back to the things he loves, like fishing and swimming. His journey has been tough, but it’s also taught him valuable lessons about resilience and hope. Jim’s story is a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

Many patients like Jim are currently receiving treatment for cancer at Prince of Wales Hospital. You can help us support the cancer services at POWH by donating so more patients like Jim are able to continue to receive exceptional patient care.