Do not ignore your symptoms.
NORTHFIELD—City Councilman Nick Piergiovanni is one of those guys that when he takes on a job, he is there to make an impact. Whether it is as a captain in the U.S. Army, as an engineer, playing football for Villanova, working on his MBA, an Eagle Scout, as a dad, a husband and in the past 18 as a member of City Council, Piergiovanni likes to roll up his sleeves and get down to business. On August 11 he found himself taking on another role when his doctor confirmed the 39-year old father of two young boys had stage-four follicular lymphoma. It is a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and affects about 18,000 people annually.
“Cancer is a really scary word and with no other symptoms other than an enlarged lymph node on the side of my neck, it was a shock and the news was devastating,” said Piergiovanni. “I’m 39 years old and have never been sick and my first thought was how could this have happened but I soon realized that was the wrong question; the question should have been-what do we do now?”