Hi there! I'm Dave Kristula. When I was 15, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease. The chapters below describe a little bit about my experiences with cancer. If you are newly diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease or another cancer, a short or long-time survivor of Hodgkin's Disease or another cancer, or just a family member or a friend of a cancer patient, you'll find Dave's Happy Little Hodgkin's Disease useful. Good luck, and I hope this site helps you out! (Caution: You may find yourself smiling and laughing at parts!)
Learn about The Crumpled Note: A Teenager's Battle with Cancer. (The Crumpled Note is the indepth Hodgin's Disease survivor book, and its full of humor and insight!)
College Graduation Day, Over Six Years Cancer Free!May 23, 2004
(Old Update April 23, 2003)
Play The Cancer Game Now, It's 100% Free!
My first course of treatment was chemotherapy and radiation therapy. I was one of the few who relapse, and I had a successful stem cell transplant, now Hodgkin's Disease free for over six years!
Purpose - Dave attempts to make us all think that his Hodgkin's Disease site has a point to it.
Prediagnosis - The Events leading up to Dave's Diagnosis with Hodgkin's Disease. (Part I of Dave's Hodgkin's Disease Story)
Diagnosis - Dave's Biopsy (Surgery) (Part II of Dave's Hodgkin's Disease Story) March 1997
Pretreatment - Staging, Scanning, and the installation of my new best friend, my port-a-cath! (j/k) (Part III of Dave's Hodgkin's Disease Story)
Treatment - Dave's first Chemo Visit (Part IV of Dave's Hodgkin's Disease Story) April-June 1997
Treatment 2 - The Continuation (Part V) July-October 1997
Remission - What a Cool Word (Part VI) November-January 1997
Treatment 3 - Radiation Therapy. December 1997
Relapse - Don't say it too much, I think I'll go deaf January 1998
Mobilization Chemo - Remission, yet again! March 1998