November 17, 2003
In December of 2019, Mary was diagnosed with stage II Hodgkins Lymphoma. The disease, which grew in her neck and chest lymph nodes, was treated at CHOA with standard chemotherapy from January to March. At the end of that treatment she had a clean PET scan. Then, at the follow-up scan in June, the doctors discovered a relapse. They then decided it was necessary to do an autologous Stem Cell transplant to most effectively eradicate the cancer for good. She received preparatory chemo in August and was admitted to hospital in September. The stem cell transplant was on October 5, and she was released from the hospital two weeks later. Now she’s recovering at home and receiving immunotherapy to train her immune system to fight its own cancer cells.