Help Spread Awareness of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

July 31, 2010

Hodgkin’s lymphoma, formerly known as Hodgkin’s Disease, is a type of lymphoma—a cancer that originates in the white blood cells, or lymphocytes. You may have also heard of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, another common cancer of the lymphatic system. (The other type, non-Hodgkin’s, is far more common.)

If a person has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cells in their lymphatic system grow abnormally and may also spread beyond the lymphatic system. As Hodgkin’s lymphoma progresses, it compromises your body’s ability to fight infection.

Hodgkin’s lymphoma was once considered fatal, but advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of the cancer have created a lot of hope. Although every situation is unique, Hodgkin’s lymphoma is now considered highly treatable and many patients have the potential for making a full recovery.

Common Symptoms of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

The Mayo Clinic offers a list of common warning signs and symptoms of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. They may include some of the following:

  • Painless swelling of lymph nodes in your neck, armpits or groin
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Fever and chills
  • Night sweats
  • Unexplained weight loss — as much as 10 percent or more of your body weight
  • Coughing, trouble breathing or chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itching
  • Increased sensitivity to the effects of alcohol or pain in your lymph nodes after drinking alcohol

These symptoms may be caused by a variety of other medical conditions, but it important to see your see your doctor if you begin to notice changes in your body. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Help Spread Awareness of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we understand how scary it can be if you or a loved one is living with Hodgkin’s lymphoma or any other medical condition. We are comprised of cancer survivors, survivor spouses, and other caring individuals who realize the importance of spreading the word. Awareness is the key to early detection, and we are here to spread awareness for those causes that matter—such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Our Lymphoma department features a variety of apparel and gifts for both Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma awareness, and you may enjoy wearing some of the following T-shirts to show your support:

Girl Interrupted 1 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma T-shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Girl Interrupted 1 Hodgkin's Lymphoma T-shirts

Girl Interrupted 1 Hodgkin's Lymphoma T-shirts

Hodgkins Lymphoma Survivor It Came We Fought I Won Tee Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Hodgkins Lymphoma Survivor It Came We Fought I Won Tee Shirt

Hodgkins Lymphoma Survivor It Came We Fought I Won Tee Shirt

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma HOPE FAITH CURE 1 Tee Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Hodgkin's Lymphoma HOPE FAITH CURE 1 Tee Shirt

Hodgkin's Lymphoma HOPE FAITH CURE 1 Tee Shirt

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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Lymphoma Awareness Basics

June 4, 2010

Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, affects the lymphatic system, the network of vessels and nodes that carry white blood cells. Lymphoma begins when white blood cells called lymphocytes — which are supposed to help protect the body from infection and disease — begin behaving abnormally. Abnormal lymphocytes may divide faster than normal cells or live longer than they are supposed to.

Lymphoma can develop in various areas of the body, and it often begins in the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, blood, or other organs. There are two main types of lymphoma: Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In both types of the cancer, the lymphatic cells begin to grow abnormally, causing the lymph nodes to become larger than usual.

In most cases, Hodgkin’s lymphoma follows a more predictable pattern than non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and it often has a more limited spread, while non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas are more likely to involve many different areas of the body.

Some lymphomas have high cure rates and others can be managed effectively for many years, which is one important thing to keep in mind if you or someone you love has been diagnosed with this form of cancer.

Awareness Gift Boutique is comprised of cancer survivors and survivor spouses, and we understand the importance of spreading awareness of causes that matter. Our online boutique features an impressive selection of lymphoma awareness products, some of which can be seen below:

Fight Like A Girl 6.3 Lymphoma T Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Fight Like A Girl 6.3 Lymphoma T Shirts

Fight Like A Girl 6.3 Lymphoma T Shirts

Lymphoma Hodgkin’s HOPE 3 Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Lymphoma Hodgkin’s HOPE 3 Shirts

Lymphoma Hodgkin’s HOPE 3 Shirts

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma MY HERO MY DADDY 42 T Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma MY HERO MY DADDY 42 T Shirt

Hodgkin’s Lymphoma MY HERO MY DADDY 42 T Shirt

Thank you for visiting our blog, and please feel free to share your comments and stories with us– we look forward to hearing from you. Be sure to stop back often!

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Lymphoma Awareness Blog

March 5, 2010

Welcome to our Lymphoma Awareness blog.  We are Awareness Gift Boutique and are pleased to bring you a blog created especially to promote awareness for lymphoma including the 2 main types of lymphoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma formerly called Hodgkin’s disease.  As cancer survivors, survivor spouses, and avid awareness advocates we are pleased to use this blog to deliver useful information and news regarding lymphoma as well as spotlight some of our exclusive lymphoma awareness designs available on a variety of t-shirts, apparel, and gifts through our awareness shop.

Having been personally affected by cancer and other life-threatening diseases, our efforts to promote and advocate awareness go beyond the sale of a t-shirt.  In addition to multiple free services offered by Awareness Gift Boutique to inform and educate the public, we are regular contributors to numerous medical research charities as well as animal shelters and Save Darfur efforts.

We look forward to sharing and communicating with you through this blog and invite you to share your own thoughts, stories, and comments regarding your experience with lymphoma or about lymphoma in general.