One of the hardest journeys a person can be forced to take is a fight against cancer. Depending on the type, the survival rate in American can be pretty good when caught early, but the treatments are devastating for the body. Chemotherapy sessions, surgeries, and therapy can all take their toll.
Though many people think of the disease as one for the elderly, cancer can be surprising and devastating for people of any age. Ping, pictured above, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 2 cancer six months ago. Lymphoma is a cancer of the white blood cells, which are responsible for a broad range of immune responses in the body (i.e., they help to keep us from getting sick). Cancer is usually classified in four different stages depending on how much the diseased has progressed. For lymphoma, Stage 2 means that two or more lymph node regions are affected. This can be especially dangerous because the lymph nodes are like a highway for the rest of the body: once the cancer gets here, it can hitch a ride in the blood stream and plant itself in different organs.