Honored Hero Solomon Lamacchio

Honored Hero Solomon Lamacchio

solomon%201.jpgI was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011. I had traveled to California to celebrate the New Year, when I discovered a mass in my armpit. I went to the doctor, went through dozens of tests, and had it removed in late January, but it wasn’t soon enough.

February 9th was my last day of work, and the first day of my journey toward cancer recovery.

I went through eight rounds of chemotherapy over the next six months. Each treatment meant a week in the hospital, most of the time with a severe fever and dehydration.

Going into my last round of chemo, I noticed my hearing was not the same. The day after my last treatment, I lost my hearing completely, as well as the ability to walk.  The cancer was gone, but my recovery was just beginning.

I spent all of August in physical therapy learning to walk, to stand, and to function without my hearing.

Upon leaving the hospital, I was able to stand for only 15 or 20 seconds at a time, even with a walker, and spent another three months in physical therapy after that.  Eventually, I was able to walk with a cane. Then, slowly, began walking again on my own. Still, I could not hear the world around me.

Multiple specialists told me my hearing was gone for good, that I would need cochlear implants to help me hear again, but my neurologist told me to hold off and give the nerves in my ears time to recover. Six months, he told me – then I could decide what to do.

Two months later, I woke up to the sound of birds chirping outside my window.  It felt like a miracle.

One year into my recovery, my wife and I were married.  Now, we live in Ferndale with our dog and baby son. I have been cancer free for 7 years, and have devoted my life to making sure no other family has to suffer the pain and fear a cancer diagnosis brings.  That’s why I’m part of LLS, and that’s why you should join me.