Mary Janine Bolchazy knew something was wrong in late 2019 while addressing her Christmas cards at home in California.
“I realized that my handwriting was atrocious,” she says. “I couldn’t really form the letters, and I was a Catholic school principal, so you know, we were taught by nuns...cursive writing.”
After finding a brain lesion, doctors diagnosed Bolchazy, 77, with primary central nervous system lymphoma. The regimen of intravenous chemotherapy that followed took a toll on her kidneys, so her physician switched her to a daily oral chemotherapy pill.