Richelle Schmitz

Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

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Richelle Schmitz's Bio

My name is Richelle Schmitz and I am 41 years old. I live in Frederick, Maryland with my wonderful husband, Mark. I grew up in Elmira, NY and went to college in Williamsport, PA. My family has been very supportive of me my whole life.

In May of 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma which is a very aggressive cancer. As a result of the cancer, I have had problems with my lungs and kidneys, both of which have been resolved. I spent 2 ½ months in John’s Hopkins Hospital. I have been through 8 sessions of chemotherapy and I am waiting on my doctor to see what further treatment I will receive.

I am no longer able to work with my current health issues. Before I got sick, I worked as an Activity Assistant at Homewood at Crumland Farm. I still keep in touch with the many friends that I met there.

Some of my favorite things to do is eating out, shopping and playing games. I am a very spiritual person. Prior to my illness, I was very active in my church including singing in the choir. My church family has been very supportive and visit me regularly.

I feel very blessed in my life.