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Standing on Your Own Two Feet…at the bottom of the abyss

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My chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma started just four weeks after I got the cancerous vertebrae removed from my lower back.

They’d inserted a metal cage inserted in its place, to hold my back together. The doctor said this procedure would keep me from being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life.

I had just turned 33 years old.But there I was: back in a wheelchair. Already. Just two chemo infusions into the long process ahead of me and I was responding so poorly that my body could no longer walk.

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