In January 2019, while having a CT scan for an unrelated medical concern, Bobbi’s doctors discovered a lung nodule. At the time, it was considered an incidental finding, and she was reassured by her doctor that there was no reason to be concerned. Call it her intuition or call it fear, but her gut instinct told her something was off, and she requested to be referred to a Pulmonologist.
She had several scans over a 2-year time span that didn’t show much change, but her scan completed in December 2020 prompted concern. She now had over 15 Lung Nodules, and multiple cysts had developed. At this point, her diagnosis was pointing to Interstitial Lung Diseases.
The only way to diagnose this was with a lung biopsy, and because of the location of the nodules, her only option was to have a major surgery that prompted a painful recovery. On March 10th, she had the surgery to perform the biopsy, and on April 2nd, 2021, she received the news. It was B Cell, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
After that, she underwent two surgeries, five biopsies, and countless blood tests to determine what stage her cancer was. Initially, her doctors assumed the cancer was in its “early stage,” but they soon discovered that it was Stage IV cancer, with disease found in multiple organs, including the lungs, stomach, and liver. In addition to showing the Lymphoma had spread, her PET scans also revealed a suspicious Thyroid nodule, and testing revealed that she also had Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Her doctors questioned the best treatment approach, but ultimately, they decided to treat the Lymphoma with chemotherapy and immunotherapy first. After this, they would remove the Thyroid.
Her treatment consisted of two days of infusions every 28 days, for six months. Due to the treatment, she experienced severe bone pain, nausea and vomiting, extreme fatigue, and depleted white blood cell counts.
During treatment, Bobbi worked hard to remain positive and to show her 6-year-old daughter Grace exactly what a warrior was. Her side effects caused her to miss some time with her daughter, but she told herself that she would sacrifice the moments now so she could be here for the rest of them!
Her last chemotherapy was on October 24th, 2021. It was a bittersweet day, walking out of the Infusion clinic and saying goodbye to the nurses she felt had saved her life and done so with so much compassion and empathy. In December 2021, Bobbi had her Thyroid Cancer removed. Following the news of her PET Scan showing NHL remission, she woke to the OR team applauding as they told her that she was now cancer FREE. She remembers crying and smiling so big on that day through the anesthesia haze.
Bobbi learned how to ‘fight’ and keep moving despite the fears she faced every day. It was hard to adjust to the solitude she felt after her treatment ended, but she found comfort in the gratitude she felt for the Doctors, Nurses, LLS, Support Groups, and all the people that are a part of the process of making her a success story.
Now that she is in recovery, Bobbi feels called to help however she can. She is working with organizations such as LLS to raise funds and is actively involved in Support groups offering encouragement to those in treatment or just getting diagnosed.
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