I was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in December 2016. Over the phone. Like so many others, my family and I started to swim in questions.
How would our lives change?
Where do we go?
The unknowns were endless so we turned to the internet to search for answers. There was so much to try and figure out.
What made it worse was how the information came: medical jargon, statistics, and studies. It made us feel incredibly helpless.
My husband reached out to his childhood friend, David, now a doctor at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where I would later get treatment.
He came over to our house the night of the diagnosis, telling me and my family – in human terms – what might happen and what our options were. He’s not an oncologist, but his experience as a doctor helped walk us through the next steps.
And that’s why I created this website, originally named “OneDavid.” We are working to give one “David” to everyone who needs and wants the help – in human terms. The best way to do that?
I’m happy to say I’m in remission and am now celebrating life by dedicating it to our community of cancer patients and caregivers. Big hugs.
How are you going to help me?
- Hear the answers to your questions from people who’ve lived through cancer and treatment. While their experiences won’t be exactly what you will go through, the goal is to give you a sense of what your life will look like in the next year or so.
- Your medical team is focused on saving lives, not on quality of life. These stories will hopefully help you regain some sense of control by giving you a head’s up on areas including potential side effects and possible medications to avoid those side effects.
Life: Stranger than Fiction
I spent a decade as a TV news journalist. My passion was (still is) to tell stories about people. In 2013, I pitched a story about a woman named Nina after seeing her story on my social media feeds. Her friends created a campaign to help raise awareness about the need for bone marrow donations, particular for Asians. Here is the story:
Just three years later, I would be diagnosed with the same cancer and subtype as Nina.
If you want to help, check out Be the Match for bone marrow donation help and information.