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Candice’s Story (Cervical Cancer)

Candice's Story (Cervical Cancer) LRMy story starts in 2003. My first husband and I were having a miscarriage. They had to do an emergency DNC. After I was released, I continued to have really heavy periods that were so painful I could not get out of bed. So, he and I got a divorce.

A couple of months later, I went in to see my obgyn and was prescribed anti-inflammatory medicine to ease my pain during my period. For the first month, these worked but the second month it was worse. So I made another appointment and was given a higher dose. This worked for a couple of months and then stopped, so I learned to deal with the pain because I was sick of seeing the doctors and taking medicine.

In 2006, I met the man who became my second husband.  It was painful during intercourse so I went to see my obgyn for a check-up. I was told that I have the strain of HPV which causes cervical cancer. So, they performed biopsies on my cervix. It was three weeks later when they contacted me with the results. I had cancer cells on my cervix. A surgery date/time was setup.  However, to have this surgery I had to sign a document stating that I wouldn’t try to get pregnant anymore. So, I’m 26-years-old and can’t have any children.

To this date, I have a pap smear every three months and a biopsy every six months. My husband and mother have been there for me through these rough times. It still bothers me that I can’t have kids but at least now I know the reason for the painful periods.

Candice
Tennessee
Submitted 11-18-11

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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2 comments

  1. I’m so sorry for what you went through. I think your OB/Gyn is/was an idiot. I don’t understand them forcing you to sign a form stating that you wouldn’t try to get pregnant in order to have the surgery?? Is it because you still carry the virus & could pass it on to the baby?? You may not be able to have kids the old fashioned way but have you considered a surrogate??? I know adoption isn’t the same but if your 2nd husband is still with you he’s a good man & probably open to those options if you are. Your 1st husband was an idiot & an A$$ and doesn’t desrve you!

  2. Thank you for being courages & sharing your story. As a cancer survivor I realize… simply by surviving, cancer: we can extend hope to others who are dealing with cancer. I’m over 70 & still “…fighting like a girl…” & finding renewed strength in the stories of young women who fight like a girl (women who are still gils in comparison to women my age.) Glad you found the right guy, the second time around. Blessings for a healthy, fulfilled, long life with your husband.

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