Cancer category: Lymphomas
Cancer type: None
Angelo was 28 when he was diagnosed with lymphoma. He is currently in remission and working on his business.
“I was 28 years old, working as a barista and starting my own marketing business. I began experiencing extreme fatigue, I thought it was just from working 60+ hours a week. Then my skin started to itch. It was so annoying and itched so badly that I asked my wife to change laundry detergents. That did not work. We then took our dogs to the vet to have them checked for fleas. That was not it. I went on the web and search my symptoms and what I found were a bunch of links leading me to cancer websites…
For me, the biggest challenge in being a young adult with cancer is getting to the point where you realize that you may actually be sick. At that time I was very lucky to have formed a business relationship with Dr. Lennie Sender, as I was assisting with a marketing plan for the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at UC Irvine. My wife strongly suggested (begged me) to call Dr. Sender and describe my symptoms, though in my mind there was no way I actually had cancer. I was very reluctant to do so, but I finally went in and found out that to my astonishment I had lymphoma. It was such a comfort to finally get an answer and be treated by a doctor I knew; however, for many AYA’s there may not be that business partner who happens to be a doctor or a wife who forces you through the doctor’s door.
I am in remission and feeling pretty good. My business is growing, my wife and I are in love and very happy. I’ll never be able to express in words my appreciation for Dr. Sender. It sounds stupid, but cancer has been a gift. I appreciate life so much more.
I would also like to pay tribute to my family and my dear wife for sticking by me through it all.”