David noticed a bump right above his collar bone and thought it was very strange. Being cautious, he went to the doctor immediately. As an extremely healthy and fit athlete, one would assume something as such would be no big deal as he just had blood tests done a month prior and there were no red flags.
Since there was nothing in his previous blood tests, the doctor recommended he have the mass biopsied with a FNA (fine needle aspiration). 2 days later, David was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer not detectable in standard blood tests. This was terrifying and shocking news for David and his family.
David wanted to begin his chemotherapy treatments as soon as possible and his first treatment was on January 22nd, 2014 at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey.