Chemo Therapy, Insights, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Shock of my Life

Last week I received the shock of my life. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma – Cancer.

Here’s how it happened:

After successful surgery at Johns Hopkins to repair a sports injury called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, the doctors discovered that something else did not look quite right from a routine post-op chest x-ray. I was unaware that this was even part of the procedure. After many more tests conducted in unheard of record time, the diagnosis was confirmed.

Once the shock wore off, I quickly realized the blessing in disguise from Hashem (Hebrew for Gd). I was told this is early stage Lymphoma and fully curable. I would have otherwise found out about this the hard way. The miracle could not be more obvious.

The past two weeks have been an insane roller coaster ride which I could not be getting through without the help of the best family on planet earth.

I’m starting physical therapy and chemo therapy next week.

Please keep my Hebrew name in your prayers, Rafael Moshe ben Shulamit. The outpouring of love, support, and mitzvot (Hebrew for good deeds) has been overwhelming.

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