A Stage 4 Lymphoma at 22 years of age

By Mags Bujalski

At 22 years old, when I felt like my life was finally coming together, it suddenly fell apart. I had just accepted a job offer at my dream job and was two months away from graduating university when I received the news that I had cancer, stage 4 lymphoma – Primary Mediastinal Large B Cell Lymphoma, to be exact.

After what seemed like hundreds of scans and blood tests, I finally began my treatment – chemotherapy. I knew that the months ahead of me were going to be challenging, but I decided to face them head on and see this as a speed bump in life, rather than a car crash.

I tried my best to keep a positive mindset throughout my entire journey, on my bad days as much as on my good days. I decided that although I could not plan very much with regard to my treatment, I could still do everything in my power to make sure that I was doing my part to take care of me. This was as much emotional as it was physical.

Physically, I wanted to keep my routine as seemingly normal as I could. I would try to run my usual errands, do my groceries, clean around the house (when my body was able to, of course.) I did my research and nourished my body with healthy whole foods to keep my strength up during treatment, helping my body to recover from the chemo. Physical activity remained a vital part of my routine. On top of the obvious benefits, it just helped me feel like myself and like I still had some sort of control over my health.

Emotionally, I focused on what I knew that I needed at that time. I know that I am someone who worries and overthinks things if I have nothing occupying my mind. To combat that, I decided to find a new hobby – YouTube. Learning how to film, edit, upload videos took up a lot of my time and I would honestly say that some days it saved me from spiraling. Keeping my mind busy was something that I just knew I needed to do.

Those months of treatment flew by and before I knew it, I was in remission and had a brand-new appreciation for life. Cancer taught me many lessons; many good lessons and also many hard lessons. But I choose to enjoy the beautiful things in life because at the end of the day, this life is magical and amazing. Health is truly wealth and I will never take my health for granted ever again.


One thought on “A Stage 4 Lymphoma at 22 years of age

19 April 2021

Mindset is everything Mags! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and inspiring us to stay positive! YOU are the hero.

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