My journey - battling lymphoma

Recently I celebrated my 46th birthday. I love celebrating birthdays! Then I participated as a co-captain for our local "Quabog" Relay For Life and the Pack 57 Rocks! Cub Scout Team. This was the time frame that I had discovered an uneasiness in my stomach and growth in my spleen and stomach. After weeks of monitoring, my husband Steve took me to the doctor who felt the lumps and ordered a CT scan. The CT scan showed a massive area, my spleen enlarged to twice its size and an additional growth lower in my stomach. Next was the localized CT guided biopsy and subsequent PET scan. The biopsy showed positive for lymphoma and most likely Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma.

This is my online journal sharing my experience through battling this cancer that has abruptly entered my life for no apparent reason. The story is documented here if you want to start from the beginning, you can check the archives on the side bar.

As a top competitive master athlete this year winning my age group at the Marine Corps Marathon and placing 3rd in the New England Trail Running Championship I have been truly excited with my results of late and am a truly driven athlete. Driven by goals.... my goal right now.... to beat this "thing"!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"The Docs"

Here is the list of doctors that have had influence on my care and psyche so far.....

My Primary Care Doc:

Lisa M Levheim MD

Family Practice

10 Turkey Hill Rd Hampshire Family Physicians
Belchertown , MA - 01007

About Lisa Levheim, M.D.

Lisa Levheim practices as a Family Doctor at Hampshire Family Physicians in Belchertown, MA.


Family Doctor

Family Doctor

University of Massachusetts Medical School, '87
Hampshire Family Physicians
Hampshire Family Physicians

Joshua Mintz, M.D.<br/>Office staff- Holly, Trish, Barb<br/>Medical Assistants- Andrea and Tracie

Joshua Mintz, M.D.
Office staff- Holly, Trish, Barb
Medical Assistants- Andrea and Tracie

The Specialist 
Dr. Jeffrey Barnes - MASS General Oncology Doc 
Barnes, Jeffrey A., MD, PHD

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (expires: 12/31/2019)
  • Phone: 617-724-4000

My Oncologist

Sean D. Mullally, MD is a board certified Medical oncologist/ hematologist. Dr. Mullally received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Penn. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine. He is pleased to be in partnership with the Cancer Care Program at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and to be working in affiliation with the Massachussetts General Hospital Cancer Center.
Northampton Oncology and Hematology Associates
(413) 586-0029

Dr. Lindsay Rockwell

Lindsay Rockwell, DO received her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her hematology and oncology fellowship, as well as an internal medicine residency, at Tufts University School of Medicine’s Western Campus at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. She is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Northampton Oncology and Hematology Associates
(413) 586-0029

Dr. Marc Read - Radiologist / Friend / PSIA connection

Dr. Ed Mullen - Radiation Oncologist / Friend 
 Mt Snow J5 Dad connection

  American Cancer Society Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Leonard Lichtenfeld
J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, MD, MACP 
- Dr. Lichtenfeld is Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the national office of the American Cancer Society
Link to Dr. Len's Blog

Christopher Marvelli, MD

Male - 10 years experience
Cooley Dickinson Practice Associates

76 Carlon Dr Unit A
NorthamptonMA 01060

George Hartnell, MB, FRCP, FRCRGeorge Hartnell, MB, FRCP, FRCR
Dr. George Hartnell, a cardiovascular specialist with more than 25 years experience in vascular and interventional radiology, is board certified in diagnostic radiology and holds a certificate of additional qualifications in vascular and interventional radiology. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology and the American College of Cardiology.
As a member of the Cooley Dickinson medical staff, Dr. Hartnell specializes in the treatment of vascular diseases as well as minimally invasive treatment of cancers of the liver and kidney. For more information about interventional radiology visit

Deborah Smith, MD completed her internship and residency at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center in Bronx, N.Y., and she completed her fellowship in medical oncology at Roger Williams General Hospital in Providence, R.I. She is board certified in medical oncology.
Northampton Internal Medicine
(413) 584-9511


It has been a crazy journey so far of a lot of waiting until yesterday when we finally got the diagnosis and the 2 hour consult with Dr Smith.  We are looking forward to getting the second opinion from Dr. Barnes tomorrow.    I hope to add more to this particular post as each of these great doctors have had a hand in the early part of my journey. 

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