Family invaluable as cancer strikes twice

Judy Margolis’ surgeon asked whether she wanted the good news or the bad news when she called with the results of a biopsy of a swollen lymph node.

The good news was that the swelling was not a secondary breast cancer – the cancer she’d survived two years earlier. The bad news was that it was Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, present in her chest, abdomen and pelvis.

“The diagnosis was a shock to everyone; doctors, family and to me, despite months of tiredness and increasingly painful and worrying symptoms,” she said.

“But the diagnosis finally enabled me to begin treatment and, though I was terribly angry and distressed about facing months of more chemotherapy, the treatment saved my life.”

Judy credits the support of her treating team and family for getting her through the difficult time.

“The spectre of recurrence remains a shadowy presence in my life but it doesn't deter me from engaging fully with the people and activities I love. I'm forever grateful to them and to those who advance medical research and treat folks like me.”

Judy Margolis