In 2015, Nuan was diagnosed with Type B, stage 2 Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She started treatment immediately and completed it in May of 2016. But by the end of that same year, the lymphoma had returned, in the same spot, and the same type. Thankfully, it hadn’t spread, and Nuan once again started chemotherapy and radiation treatment, which she completed in August 2017.
Prior to his diagnosis, Nuan had the same understanding of the laboratory that most people do—cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglyceride numbers that are checked from time to time. But after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, she better understands that she can use the lab to monitor her diet and health. Nuan encourages people to learn about the lab and ask questions about their lab results, and what the doctors and nurses are looking for so patients can monitor it themselves as well, and compare it to past lab results.
Before being diagnosed, Nuan says she didn’t think much about her health. “I always heard about other people having cancer,” she says. “I never thought it could have happened to me.” But since his diagnosis, she’s become more health conscious, changed her diet, and exercises and meditates regularly to “keep my body and mind together.” Being a regular mediator helped Nuan during her diagnosis and treatment, she says. She had no fears or worries, just focused on what she needed to do to get cured. And she believes her health is much better now than it was before her cancer diagnosis.