New here and saying hello

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Hi All, 


My name is Mikey and I am 39. I was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma (of the duodenum) in December following a long investigation across 2022. Initially, I was put on a wait and see treatment, but it was just my luck that my first appointment with the Oncologist in April led them discovering that I'll need to be treated after all. I will receiving my first cycle of O-CHOP on Thursday. It will mean that I will spend my 40th Birthday within the first cycle of treatment. Ask me last year what I'd be doing now, and writing a intro post on a cancer forum wouldn’t be high up on that list. But here we are!


It's been a difficult journey so far for me and my fiancée, and we're about to take a new step into another. However, I'm thankful for a support network of F&F, medical experts, and places like this which all help in one form or another. I've spend some time lurking on this page in the last few months, and it’s been a comfort to know that there is a sub forum like this. The community seems strong, empathetic, and well informed. I think I'll be sticking around. 


Thank you for reading my post. Wherever you are in this journey, I'm wishing you all the best.  


Mikey, aka: The Franklinstein

  • Hi Micky  and a warm welcome to this corner of the Community although I am always sorry to see folks joining us. I am Mike and I help out around our various Lymphoma groups. 

    I don’t have Follicular Lymphoma (FL) but I was diagnosed way back in 1999 at 43 with a different type of Low-grade non-Hodgkin lymphoma but my type is rather rare, incurable like your FL but also very treatable eventually reaching Stage 4a in late 2013 so although my Lymphoma ‘type’ is different I do appreciate the challenges of this journey rather well.

    Lets look for some of the group members to pick up on your post. You have already been looking round to do hit reply to any of the posts to see if the members are still using this group.

    I am always around to help out as best as I can.

    Mike (Thehighlander)

    It always seems impossible until its done - Nelson Mandela

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  • Thank you Mike. Having followed the group for a while, I had anticipated a warm welcome from you! Thank you for your contribution to the forum as a regular and reassurung voice. I're read your previous posts and seen your story - I'm glad that you are in the place where you are now, and its inspiring to read. All the best and I'm sure we'll cross paths