Rider Profile

Ride Year

  • 22

I am a Survivor

My Fundraising Progress

$2,050
$0
Goal $1,000.00
Stretch $2,250.00

Team

43 and Cancer Free!

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Dana Scalere's story

In November 2020, I was an otherwise healthy, active 41 year old. Or so I thought. After several weeks of pain in my chest and finding an enlarged lymph node by my clavicle, a chest x-ray and a CT scan revealed a 9.8cm mass in my chest. A biopsy later revealed I had Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, specifically a sub-type called Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma (PMBCL), a somewhat rare and aggressive cancer that, for some reason, mostly affects young women.

The treatment - 6 rounds of chemotherapy, in-patient, called dose-adjusted R-EPOCH (DA-R-EPOCH). Rituximab, Etoposide, Prednisone, Vincristine (Oncovin), Cytoxan, Hydrochloride.

So, on December 29, 2020, without any other options given to me, (and only two days after my son's emergency appendectomy), I checked into Albany Med and started the first of six treatments, in a pandemic.
Each treatment consisted of 5 nights in-patient where I would get infused 24/7 with a cocktail of drugs, collectively referred to "chemotherapy." I watched a lot of television. I ate really crappy hospital food. I watched my hair fall out. And I missed out on things at home, like New Years Eve and my son losing his first tooth. I watched the inauguration of President Biden and the insurrection on the capitol from my hospital bed.

My treatments were 3 weeks apart. So after 5 nights in the hospital, I would spend a week at home with side effects, most of which were actually tolerable, and then I'd have a week off to recover.

On March 18, 2021, after a PET scan, I found out I had no signs of cancer. I was in remission! But I still had two more treatments to complete.

On April 17, 2021, I finished my last treatment! And nothing feels better than being done with chemo!

This year, to celebrate my remission, I am riding 25 miles to raise money to find a cure for cancer! BellRinger is a bike ride and a year-round effort to end cancer. The movement is motivated by a community of Riders, Virtual Riders, volunteers, and donors working together to further our impact. I've made a commitment to fundraising, and I invite you to join me by donating to my effort and supporting life-saving cancer research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Please watch the 6 minute video below that I made to highlight my treatment and consider donating - either financially here or with a blood donation at your nearest blood drive!

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