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Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer. The two main forms of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Lymphoma occurs when lymphocytes, a type o white blood cell, grow abnormally. The body has two main types of lymphocytes that can develop into lymphomas:

B-lymphocytes (B-cells) and T-lymphocytes (T-cells). Cancerous lymphocytes can travel to many parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, blood or other organs, and can accumulate to form tumors.

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The goal of this group is to increase the Awareness of Lymphoma. Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer. The two main forms of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Lymphoma occurs when lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, grow abnormally. Cancerous lymphocytes can travel to many parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, blood or other organs, and can accumulate to form tumors.
(source:Getting the Facts, Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma, LYMPHOMA Research Foundation publication)

My name is Dora Waddy. I have a form of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I would like members of this group to learn more about this cancer and learn more about self examinations to decrease the time it takes for detection and subsequently, diagnosis of lymphoma.

Almost every woman knows something about palpating (feeling) their breast for early detection of Breast Cancer. Few, men or women, are taught to examine one’s self for abnormal lymph nodes. Usually it is only when they are painful does one become aware of their presence in the body.

I felt my first enlarged lymph node in January 2007. My cancer was not officially diagnosed until August 2011. Many doctors did not heed my concern about the enlarged lymph node. It was not until clusters of them grew that doctors became concerned. A thorough exame showed that I had Stage 3 Lymphoma. That was determined by a physical exame. CAT scans showed the total spread of my CANCER.

Go google Lymphoma. Learn about your Lymph nodes. Feel them, feel your kids, feel your husband or wife. And if you find a large one, tell your doctor too feel it too!

I am going out to tell others about this. And then I ask them to smile for me to get their picture taken. I share these smile with my fellow Lymphoma Survivors and Warriors who are fighting this disease like myself!!

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