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Barbara’s Story (Uterine Cancer)

Barbra's Story (Uterine cancer)

My mother-in-law was putting some cream on my back because I have petechia, and she noticed a brown spot on my back and thought nothing of it. She then put more cream on my back a few days later and noticed the spot had turned purple and black and was weirdly shaped. It called for immediate attention, so I called my doctor. This was in February 2011, and I had my moles on my body looked at and he found three he wanted biopsied. We awaited the results, and they came back melanoma Stage II; I had no idea what that meant, and he had to explain to me. My life took on an extensive change from that moment on.

My husband and I had decided that we wanted to have a reversal done. I have two children from a previous marriage and he has no children and has never been married and me being 37 I figured I would grant this to not only him but myself as well for I love and adore children. Being a mom is one of the most rewarding jobs there is in this world so why would I not want to do this again. I had lost my first child to SIDS back in 1994 and being 37 and for the most part healthy I thought I could do this again.

I wasn’t due to have my yearly woman check up until June of this year but made the appointment in January to go get checked out and the green light to proceed with our plans only to have them diminished on January 27th.  I went in and as my doctor was examining me he stated that my uterus was the size of a woman’s who was three months pregnant.  He and I both knew that was not the case here with me. He did an emergency biopsy and I came back a week later to learn that I had uterine cancer. My cervix and ovaries were also affected which meant that I was then scheduled for a total hysterectomy. Now, grant it while I have no cancer now and I am extremely grateful for that I was utterly angry and disappointed that such an awful and dreadful disease had taken a choice that should have been mine.

I thought about that previous statement I just made in the above paragraph for days and decided to find a positive in all that has transpired. I have beaten Melanoma Stage 2 twice and I fought this and beat it as well and I have been truly blessed to being a mom three times over while there are women who never got to or will get to experience the gift of motherhood. With that being said I didn’t and won’t allow cancer to consume my positive energy or outlook on life. I can get mad, I can get angry but all in all I am the one who ultimately won this fight and I will forever be grateful for the timing of the decision in which my wonderful husband and I made!

Submitted 06/10/2014

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. Steffany

    You truly are such an inspiration to so many out there… You are an amazing mother and friend. You have been here for me through some dark days and I am able to be there for you… I know the exact feelings when it comes to having your gift of motherhood taken away as I had a total hysterectomy at 26 with no children… It is one of the most devasating things a woman could go thru, especially one that wants to experience and be a mother… On that note, God doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle… He must believe you and I both are pretty awesome.. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your story.. 🙂 <3 ya!

    • Barbara

      Thank you Steffy ❤it means a lot to have friends like you in my life that I know I can lean on for support. You know I will always be here for you!

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