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At 31, she was diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal Large B Cell (Non Hodgkin’s) Lymphoma. Described at times as “diffuse” and “aggressive,” this cancer targets white chicks in their early thirties. Now, 16 months into remission, the author looks back on her road to wellness, including some sexual detours along the way.

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So glad things have taken a turn for the better for you. This post really touched me and I really appreciate your unique challenges.

03/22/2010
Toy With Me  

What a truly moving post. Thank you so much for sharing.

03/23/2010
A Vapid Blonde  

Wow Elly, truly amazing (you gave me tear droplets)

03/23/2010
Becky Sherrick Harks  

Wow. Just. Wow.

03/23/2010
Wicked Shawn  

Elly, my sweet, yes. Beautifully written. Fortunately for me, I had no desire to share my body with Mr OH SO WRONG, so I aimply kept my chemo ridden body to myself. Reading this and talking to others I realize that there were very good things about being with someone who I felt nothing for while I went through it. How odd it is to say that now. I am so proud of you for overcoming the hell and connecting ith the inner power of Elly through this! So proud!

03/23/2010
WannabeVirginia  

Wow, that was a beautifully written article. Thanks for sharing your life experience.

03/24/2010
marymac  

Gorgeous. Like you!

03/25/2010

Hearing of others surviving such terrifying transformations and going through such trauma is encouraging to say the least. A profound story, and beautifully written, too.

I very much understand when you say your hair follicles hurt. I'm 22 and have trichotillomania. The hair on my head, my eyebrows, my (formerly very frequently complimented) eyelashes...all of it is fair game. I'm 22 and I have to wear a wig (which does not stay on in the sack very well), carefully arrange my remaining eyelashes, and draw my eyebrows on everyday (I'm getting pretty good at free-handing it) before I will even so much as step out onto my own front porch to water my plants, much less go to class or out with friends. In all likelihood, it will never get better, and eventually my hair will stop growing back. My boyfriend has been very supportive, but he can't fix my self-image, and he can't persuade me to feel sexy, only I can. After reading this, it seems that it must be easier than I thought, with my trifle of a problem compared to yours, surely I can heal if you could. Thank you so much, Elly.

04/15/2010
meli<3  

I had cancer a couple of years ago and I am still battling the scars it left behind. Every part of you hurts. I wore a wig to school after being convinced that I wasn't strong enough to go bald. Your story brought tears to my eyes. It was great to hear someone voice what I had felt, the prpblems with how you see yourself through chemo. I was afraid that I was the only one blocking months from my memory. It took me a while to be okay with that and to understand that going through something tramatic gives you the right to not have to remember everything. And many people think that you get thinner with chemo, but I too became apple-shapped. It was amazing to read this article. It gives hope to many of us who are fighting or have fought cancer. You are so brave to talk about these moments. Thank you!!!

06/16/2010

WOW. Thank you for sharing this and best wishes to you.

09/29/2010

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