Mark Hoppus nonetheless struggles with this facet impact of most cancers remedy


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Mark Hoppus recently spoke about his frightening experience with cancer this year. In a new candid interview with GQ, the frontman of Blink-182, who announced he was cancer-free in September after six months of chemotherapy, explained how he was diagnosed with stage IV non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the grueling (and lingering side effects ) chemotherapy and the support systems that helped him get by.

Hoppus, who first revealed he was on cancer treatment for three months in June, said GQ that he got his diagnosis during a session with a new therapist. He had recently seen a doctor about a knot in his shoulder, and the doctor had done some tests. (While some of the more classic signs of non-Hodgkin lymphoma – which begins in the white blood cells of the body’s lymphatic system – include symptoms such as enlarged lymph nodes, chills, fatigue, weight loss, and chest pain or pressure, depending on the American Cancer Societyresearch indicates that severe shoulder pain is not uncommon.)

Shortly after this doctor’s appointment, Hoppus met a new therapist to help him deal with his depression. « So I walk into the therapist’s office and I’m like ‘Oh, hello. How are you? Nice to meet you. Thanks for taking the time, hold on a sec. I have to take that call, » Hoppus recalls. . His doctor told him over the phone that he has lymphoma and that he needed to start chemotherapy immediately, a common treatment option for lymphoma. « And I was like, ‘Okay, cool. Thank you very much. ‘ I hang up the phone and turn to [the therapist]. ‘Oh hi. So yes, I have cancer. Where are we going to start? ‘ « 

Being diagnosed with cancer at the same time as starting a new therapist was helpful in getting through the depression and emotional turmoil Hoppus went through after hearing the news. « I had a very dark time after finding out, » he said. « I’ve been through this whole genre period, not Why me, but sure me. Why wouldn’t it be me? We’ve been so lucky and lucky, and things kind of fell into place for me specifically for so long, that sure I was due. I was due for something tragic.

Hoppus also spoke about the harsh side effects he experienced from chemotherapy, which for many people include things like fatigue, mental cloudiness, mood swings, nausea and vomiting, anemia, hair loss and kidney problems, depending on the ACS. “I felt so shitty,” he said. « Chemo is like being on the worst international night flight where you can’t sleep or make yourself comfortable. »

Some of these effects continue. Hoppus said he still suffers from « chemotherapy brain, » a term used by many cancer patients and doctors to describe cognitive impairment (such as forgetfulness) that people experience during and after treatment for the cancer. cancer, ACS Explain. “Brain fog is so bad,” said Hoppus, who recently struggled to remember things like the names of his close friends or places he’s been. « The chemo brain is breaking my heart because I may be feeling mentally diminished right now. »

Hoppus also shared some of the places he drew strength from during his ordeal, in addition to early therapy. During his lean times in chemo, he leaned on his mother, who was herself cured of the same type of cancer. (Although the causes of lymphoma are not fully understood and there is likely a combination of factors involved, people with a family history can inherit DNA mutations that increase their risk of developing the disease, the ACS said.)

“She’s been my biggest resource all this time,” Hoppus said. “No one knows what it is except someone who has had chemotherapy. And so being able to talk to my mom and say, ‘I feel shit today. I feel really, really bad’ and she can say, ‘I know what you mean. I had those days too… . ‘”

Hoppus reflected on the feeling of gratitude for the outpouring of love he received on a larger scale as well, from fans, strangers and cancer survivors. “I am totally overwhelmed with the support and the love,” Hoppus said. « I don’t know. People online I’ve never met are sending me help. Cancer survivors of the same lymphoma I had even edited a video in which they covered a song by Blink, and it made me cry.

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