Diagnosis

I will continue to write about the past couple of weeks, as it was full of lessons, insights and frustrations. However I do want to share my diagnosis with you as many of you are reaching out, concerned and curious. I am so grateful for all of your support and love!

On January 31st, I received a diagnosis of Primary Mediastinal B-cell Lymphoma (PMBCL). This is relatively rare B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma that comprises about 3% of all non-Hodgkin lymphomas. It occurs most commonly in people in their 20’s and 30’s, and typically occurs more in women. The pathologists are still looking at my biopsy to narrow the diagnosis and I’ll also need to do a few more tests before the diagnosis is complete.

The good news is that it is highly treatable and doesn’t require surgery. Tomorrow I meet with a Hematologist-Oncologist to hear about the next steps and possible treatment plan. The medical approach is typically 6 rounds x 3 weeks of chemotherapy, and there are two standard protocols that I will discuss with the oncologist. Stay Tuned.

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4 thoughts on “Diagnosis

  1. In 2011 I was planning my first international long term solo trip to SE Asia and in my research leading up to my departure I found your blog and have been reading it since that time. I have practiced meditation throughout my adult years and so your blog writings on travel and spiritual topics have been and are quite meaningful to me. Over the past few years I have developed a practice of meditation where I send positive energy to people who are ill, and I am planning to include you in my near future practice of this. One thought that came to me as I read your recent entries is “hmm, it appears for the past 10 years Keith has been working for just this moment, this is where the power of meditation and spirit can be seen and felt.” Whatever the diagnosis, whatever the outcome, your good heart and good practice will surely not have been in vain.

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