My name is Kristin and this is my story.
I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma stage 4 on August 24 2011 aged 33 after a long 8 month period of severe health issues including complete hair loss, night sweats, fatigue and depression. Finally getting the diagnosis after having had so many medical appointments with no results somehow felt like a relief (apologies to everyone who might feel offended by this statement). I immediately had to start with 8 levels of high dosed chemotherapy followed by four weeks of radiation. On August 24 2012 I successfully finished my therapy and ever since call this day my second birthday, the day that I was given a second chance to live.
A lot has changed since the diagnosis. I set new priorities. I changed my profession. And I moved to New Zealand. This year is the first year I am actively taking part in the Pink Ribbon walk with a group of friends. I feel very grateful for being where I am right now and having the opportunity to support others. I am looking forward to be a Pink Angel on October 17!