Time for a cancer update – there’s been a really good reason I’ve kept quiet up til now, I’ve explained all in this video but if you prefer you can read instead…
I felt like I needed to wait to this point before breaking the news, this should become clearer as I explain…
Before radiotherapy, we asked our docs about having another baby. We wanted to know if it would be irresponsible since I had cancer. Since my cancer was stage 1, with an excellent prognosis and that I could expect to live for a long time the answer was a resounding “I don’t see why not”.
So after radiotherapy, we began trying for another child. It didn’t take long! This came as a surprise since our first pregnancy was the result of IVF!
We were over the moon of course, but the joy was a tad shortlived – the day after the positive pregnancy test I felt an odd lump in my groin. After lots of scans and a biopsy it turns out my CTCL has spread to my lymph nodes. This means I’m ‘upgraded’ from stage 1 to stage 4.
I’m undergoing CHOP chemotherapy while pregnant (this type of chemo is safe during pregnancy – the wonders of modern medicine)! This is just to keep the cancer at bay so that I can grow my baby until its safe for them to come out.
CHOP stands for cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin (hydroxydaunomycin), vincristine (Oncovin ®) and prednisolone (a steroid). You can read more about it on the Macmillan CHOP information page.
The plan after pregnancy will be to get me to a point where I can undertake a stem cell transplant (If they can find me a match). There is a small chance I will be cured completely after this, but also a good chance I’ll go back to stage 1 territory.
Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.