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Making Treatment Decisions
ONLINE CONNECTIONS
Learning from Others
Who Have Been Through It
TESTIMONIALS AND CONNECTING ONLINE
BY CHRISTIAN BULLOCK
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hen I learned that I was diagnosed with
Hodgkin lymphoma, I felt alone. My
vision tunneled, my heartbeat rang in my
ears, and the EMT and my wife who were
both in the room seemingly disappeared.
I was there, by myself-my newly labeled
cancerous self.
This feeling of isolation stuck with me as
I started to go through the process of testing
to see how much the disease had spread
through my body. Procedures like a bone
marrow biopsy? It sounded scary. Looking
up information about what it's like, yep,
confirmed scary.
(Looking back on having a bone marrow biopsy
now, having gone through many medical
procedures, it is no longer scary.)
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That brings me to an important point: The
unknown is a scary thing. It's why humans
are creatures of habits-we like things that
we are familiar with. A cancer diagnosis is
a vast world of unknowns. Unknowns upon
unknowns. With every diagnosis, outcomes
are unlikely to be the same as what another
individual went through. Even test ing
periods or wait times are different on a
patient-by-patient basis.
Immediately following my diagnosis, time
began moving at a whirlwind pace. I immediately
had to schedule several different testing
procedures that I had never even heard
of before. Things such as the bone marrow
biopsy mentioned above were not even on a
list of things I knew were medical procedures
until my oncologist told me to schedule one.
I had no idea what to expect. And I had
no one to ask.
Consulting Dr. Google led me to unverified
horror stories of tests gone wrong and
unreliable information. I understand search
engines such as Google do their best to filter
out information and present their best foot
forward. Still, it was tough to find real user
accounts or expectations considering the
depth of content available.
After going down the search engine rabbit
hole, I decided to pull back and get thoughtful
about looking for answers, which brings
me to my first of many points.
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