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Brigitte’s Story (Endometrial cancer)

I’m 65 yrs old.  I’ve never had children, broken bones or any previous health issues or surgeries.

I began experiencing heavy bleeding early in 2017. I had PAP test done in May 2017 that came back Negative. Shortly after, I was diagnosed with Endometrial cancer  in May after biopsy results.

I had numerous blood tests, internal/eternal ultrasounds, CT scans with contrast and a EKG.

I had Radical hysterectomy (robotic assisted laparoscopy) in June of 2017.  Post-surgery I was deemed Cancer-free. I had Stage 1-A, Grade 3 and  I Opted for vaginal Brachytherapy and  completed three treatments in September of 2017.

Prior to being diagnosed, I knew I would either have a D&C, hysterectomy or cancer. I never got upset, cried, had anxiety attacks or loss of sleep.

The first time I cried was going to my last radiation treatment, I had accepted my fate.

Coming out of surgery, I had no pain and took no painkillers. I had no restrictions and took to steps, walked the day after surgery. I began my walking regime slowly and within the month post-operation, I was back to walking 4-6 miles per day.

So basically, I didn’t dwell on the monster inside of me, each subsequent day was like it was prior to surgery and I stayed positive. Something I got from my Mom when she was in for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma back in 1993.

So, yes, I’m out of the norm and had an experience I would do all over again ( better than going to the dentist) and was in total awe of modern medicine and procedures. It also helped that I loved every doctor I encountered. I wasn’t going to have cancer take over my life or being. Staying Strong, Positive, and looking to the Future.

Submitted 05/14/2018

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. Cathy Leaver

    Thank you for sharing your story. I was just diagnosed with endometrial cancer stage 2. Your positive attitude confirms how I feel and I plan to go through this with as much grace and humor as much as possible.

  2. Cheryl Frank

    Thank you for sharing. I was diagnosed with a high grade Tumor and will be having hysterectomy on Jan 14. I am nervous but anxious to get on with it and face whatever is next. The fact you were only Stage 1 with a grade 3 is hopeful for me as I do not know the staging until after surgery.

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