In 1969 my father was in surgery for a hernia (groin). The surgeon opened him up, saw
that he was full of cancer and closed him again. He had Stage IV Hodgkin's disease and
began Cobalt radiation treatments at the VA Hospital and Shand's Medical Center in
Gainsville, FL. He was away from home for weeks at a time, lost huge amounts of weight,
had blood transfusions in his Dr's office when he fainted there, and died 4 months from
diagnosis in extreme pain in the hospital. He had been going to Dr.'s for years with various complaints, and extreme tiredness. He never got a diagnosis that was helpful, and without the scans we have today, none of his lymph node tumors could be seen. He was also
a part of a "cancer cluster" investigated by the CDC. He was the oldest person in our area to receive this diagnosis, at 49 years of age.
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