Trent: 14 years old
Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkins Lymphoma
On November 5 Trent had done a stretch after watching a movie with his dad and felt something large on his neck. He came to me right away and I immediately kissed his forehead to see if he was fevered. He wasn't and hadn't been sick so the next morning we took him to the Dr to find out why his neck had a golf ball size lump with no signs of illness. Blood work was done and antibiotics were started. Everything came back clear, he finished his meds and the lump remained. We were referred to an ENT and subsequently followed their protocol of ultra sound, repeat ultra sound, CT scan, fine needle aspiration , multiple blood tests (many repeated )and finally an excisional biopsy. It took 3 months of investigation but on February 8 at 11:45 am we were told our son had cancer. On February 23 we recieved his official diagnosis of Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin Lymphoma and two days before he turned 14 he was staged at 2B and had surgery to place his port. He was 14 for one day before chemotherapy started. Trents protocol isn't as long as many others but it is fierce. Every 21 days he is hospitalized for 3 days and receives 12 doses of chemo. There have been complications and emergency admissions but just as fierce as his protocol is, so is his determination to beat this. He is a warrior who is fighting cancer with everything he has. Trent got cancer but cancer didnt get Trent.