Wednesday, June 20, 2018


I got the good news today from my oncologist:

I'm officially cured!

Last Monday I had a head and neck CT scan - I haven't had a scan in about 2 years, so this was just a "one last look" for any tumors.  That was clear!  I also had blood work done as I've had done several times a year over the past 5 years.  All good! So all signs point to continued remission!

With Hodgkin's Lymphoma, after 5 years in remission you're considered cured of the cancer.  That means my chances of getting Hodgkin's are about the same as yours.  I am at a higher risk of getting a secondary cancer as a result of my chemo and radiation, but that's still fairly unlikely considering I had a relatively small amount of treatment.

For those of you who are keeping track, I was diagnosed in July 2013 and finished treatment in November 2013.  So I'm technically about 5 months shy of 5 years in remission.  My oncologist felt comfortable calling this 5 years and cured since I was early Stage I at diagnosis and responded so well to my treatment.  I'm comfortable with it if she is!

If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, please do. I have an important message I want to share with each and every one of you.

After running the Indianapolis Mini Marathon (my 3rd half marathon) in May 2018


  1. Melissa, I've read your whole blog and appreciate the honest and optimistic way you told your story. You had me rooting for you all the way and I'm happy for your recovery. I discovered your blog while doing research for a novel in which one of the characters is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. Would you be willing to contact me so I can make sure I write this part of the book accurately? My e-mail address is
    Thanks for your time. Amber Foxx

  2. So happy to read this!! You are amazinf and such an inspiration. I look forward to the rest of life like you do - you are so strong. Thank you very much for sharing this with us!! Take care!