Hello, my name is Jennifer Todd, I am 32-years-old and the mother of two wonderful children; a boy who is 9 and a girl who is 12. When I was 19, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. It took me a long time to conceive my daughter, and endometriosis was the reason why. I went through the treatment of having my organs scraped, but to my surprise it returned when I tried to conceive again. However, I was blessed and in 2002 I found out I was going to be a mom again to a little boy.
When he was 3-months-old, I had pain in my sides that doubled me over. I went to the doctor and found out I had cervical cancer. I was devastated. I went through the freezing of the cancer cells, burning of the cancer cells, and ended up having a complete hysterectomy. There would be no more children for me, so I cried. After that surgery, the cells were still present. I decided after a long discussion with my team of medical doctors that chemotherapy was the best solution. This took place in early 2004. After the completion of my chemo treatment, I was in remission. Almost a year later it was back, so I had another round of treatment and, once again, went into remission.
After 2 years in remission, it returned more furious than the last. Once again, I went through treatment and swore that I would need no more treatments after this one. After a couple of years, I thought I had actually beaten this demon, but to my surprise it was back. By this time I had relocated, gotten married, and was watching my children grow. When it came back, we decided on a new treatment called radiotherapy, and as of last month there were no signs of cancer, but my story does not end there.
My oncologist called me back to his office and I found out that I have acute myeloid leukemia. It is very mild so I am going on a low dose chemo pill and hoping for the best. I am hoping to eventually beat this demon. I have beat a lot of demons in my lifetime, but this is by far the worst. I look back and I ask myself ; with all that I have been through, why did I not just give up? I am not a quitter and never have been. How could I give up when I have my mother taking care of me, 2 wonderful children that expect me to be there to watch them make lives for themselves, and a wonderful husband that has been by my side through it all and never complains about the sleepless nights in the hospital.
I just celebrated my 1 year wedding anniversary on May 28th. My husband lost his first wife of 21 years to breast cancer, and he has known since day 1 that I have cancer. He says he loves me for me and I am beautiful and loved by him daily. I have so much strength and encouragement behind me that I cannot give up. To all the warriors, YOU CAN DO THIS.
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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.