I have been thinking that I should point out to people that this is all really far less awful than it sounds. Hodgkins has an incredible cure rate. I'm at the fourth best hospital in the country* with a doctor who made the 2002 edition of Best Doctors in America. My presentation of disease is mild and standard, which makes having a great doctor at a great hospital a little like calling the National Guard to get your cat out of the tree. The treatment is pretty easy to take.
But I've decided I prefer that people think of me as suffering and brave, so I'm not going to do that.
*The best hospitals in the country are:
1. John Hopkins
2. Mayo Clinic
3. Massachusetts General in Boston
4. The Cleveland Clinic
From U.S. News and World Reports.