Thursday, October 22, 2009

Diagnosis- Hodgekins Lymphoma

Most of you have heard about Mykensie's unfortunate recent health news, she has Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of cancer.

The good news: It is a very curable cancer! We are thankful Dr.'s have caught the cancer and we know what is wrong with her. We know Mykensie is a very strong woman and will be able to get through this, especially with lots of faith and prayer and support!

"As many as 95 percent of people with stage I or stage II Hodgkin's lymphoma survive for five years or more with proper treatment. The five-year survival rate for those with widespread Hodgkin's lymphoma is about 60 to 70 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. But those numbers are based on people treated before 1990, so the outcome may be even more promising for people with more recent diagnosis and treatment."

She has noticed bumps in her neck for about the past year. Three weeks ago she discovered more lumps appeared on the other side of her neck, so she made a Dr.'s appointment. The Dr. immediately scheduled a CAT scan for that afternoon. After the CAT scan was read, a biopsy was scheduled, which resulted in a meeting with the Oncologist.

She is staying in Utah for her treatment. They have a great cancer center (Huntsman Cancer Center), and has so far received excellent care from doctors.

The goal is to finish out this semester at BYU so she doesn't have to re-take any courses and can keep her scholarship. Then she can deffer next semester and also have all summer to recover. After this semester, she will have one more semester to finish and then she will graduate with her BS in Linguistics with a minor in Russian.

Mom is currently in Utah helping out with all of her appointments and there for her support.


  1. Hi Mykensie. It's Wade's mom. I just wanted you to know that I put your name on the prayer roll at the Portland Temple today, and I'm praying for you every day. Get better.

  2. Hey, Kensie! Hope you feel our love & prayers for you. Wish we were there to hug and help you. Keep smiling, beautiful girl! We know this is a rough patch; but you can beat it. Thanks, Mykle for keeping the blog up to date for us! You have lots of friends & family willing and able to be there for you, Kens! Hugs & love to ya! Mary & Doug :)