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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
During the week of Jan. 13, I underwent a series of medical tests because I had been experiencing a lot of fatigue and had noticed a swelling under my right arm.
On Jan. 18, I received a medical report that I have Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer affecting the lymph nodes.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma is also commonly known as Hodgkin’s disease.
I am meeting this week with my oncologist to determine where I go from here concerning a course of treatment.
I already know that chemotherapy is required and I will be undergoing a complete body CT scan to determine more precisely the extent of the problem. Chemotherapy has proven to be a highly effective method for treating this disease.
I’ve been told that the side effects of the chemotherapy will be further fatigue. I regret the interruption this may cause in my normal obligations.
I do not expect the day-to-day operations of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to be greatly affected. We are blessed to have so many dedicated and hardworking clergy, religious and parish life coordinators as well as an excellent administrative staff. Our many ministries will continue as usual.
This is all the information I have at the moment. I would appreciate your prayers, and please know that I will continue to pray for all of you.
- Most Rev. Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B.
Archbishop of Indianapolis
Jan. 22, 2008