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Donna’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Uterine Cancer)

Donna's Story (Uterine Cancer)In march of 2010 I went in for a hysterectomy, after having month’s of worsening pain in my lower abdomen. My OB/GYN first said that I had a cyst. Then said I had polyp, and later said it maybe adenomyosis.

I was prescribed birth control pills, and pain medicine to try to help my problem. They also asked me to take injection’s for six month’s that would cause me to go into menopause. A friend of mine told me she tried the injection’s, and that her pain came right back after she stopped the injection’s. I decided to opt out of taking the shot. I asked to have a hysterectomy, because none of the treatments I was receiving seemed to help me at all.

It’s a good thing I had the surgery because my pathology report came back as stage 3C uterine cancer. It was 2 mm away from penetrating the uterine wall into my abdomen. If I had done what my doctor said I would have been in worse shape.  I am glad that I listened to what my body was telling me, and I took charge of my health.

I had chemotherapy, and 6 weeks worth of daily radiation treatments. I am now 2 years beyond the treatment. My last two PET scans have been good. I only have to see my oncologist every 6 months now instead of every 3. I am looking forward to reaching that coveted 5 year mark.

If I can leave you with any advice, it’s not to ignore what your body is telling you, question your healthcare provider and get a second opinion if you don’t think you are being taken care of the way you ought to be. I am grateful to be on the other side of all that now and am looking forward to the future.

Submitted 9-26-2012

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.

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