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Laura’s Story (Cervical Cancer)

Laura's Story (Cervical Cancer)On Nov. 12, 2014, I had a simple hysterectomy with the removal of one ovary after having several years of problems unrelated to cancer. Two days later, I received a call from my doctor that the pathologist had found endocervical adenocarcinoma.

The doctor explained that the reason it was never found was because it was so high up in the cervix that it was undetectable with a normal Pap smear. So thank God I had the hysterectomy.

She said that they would be sending my slides to Baylor University for staging. Apparently that’s the process. She also said there was a chance that it could be wrong. So we patiently waited for almost a week to hear if I did indeed have cancer.

On Nov. 20, also my mom’s birthday, we received the call that I did indeed have cancer and that it was stage 1B. 1 meaning it was isolated to the cervix, B having to do with the size. I would need to be referred to an oncologist specializing in gynecology.

After having to deal with recovering from surgery and the fact that I had cancer, I now was going to have to deal with insurance issues and who I would be able to go and see. I got in with Texas oncology in Fort Worth with a doctor named Noelle Cloven.

My first appointment there was Dec. 9. This gave me several weeks to worry, obsess and read lots of crap on the Internet. But luckily my husband’s sister is an oncologist in another state and was able to help us tremendously with lots of questions in the meantime.

So my first appointment with Dr. Cloven went really well. She explained things thoroughly and laid out our options. Our options would be 1.) A big nasty surgery, parameter tony or 2.) Skip surgery and go straight to radiation and chemo therapy. So basically we had a big decision to make. Both the options were equally successful. My biggest decision was whether to have the surgery and risk needing both surgery and the treatment or just going straight for the treatment.

Dr. Cloven suggested we go home and think about things but get back with her within a week. I wanted to run things by my sister-in-law too. It was decided that the next best step would be to have a PET scan. It could help me narrow down my decision. So I had my PET Scan and got the results… Looks like I’ll be starting chemoradiation next week. I’m pretty scared but ready to fight like a girl!

Laura
Texas
Submitted 01/02/2015

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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4 comments

  1. Linda O from Pgh

    I also HAD cervical cancer…….1st time I was diagnosed had to get a full Hysterectomy in 2007. 7-3-2012 I was rushed to the hospital as a tumor inside of me had exploded (A Blessing in disguise) My cervical cancer came back with a vengeance……I started Chemo every Tuesday for 6 weeks and daily radiation for a couple of months…….I just celebrated 1 year CANCER FREE!!! With Faith, friends, family & a positive attitude, you too will fight this!!! Put on your boxing gloves, it’s time to KICK CANCER’S ASS in 2015!!! You need anything email me……..GOD BLESS!!!! YOU GOT THIS!!!!

  2. I just want to say my prayers are with you, talk to God cuz that’s what helped me and you are stronger then you think. I will be praying for you.

  3. I wa diagnosed with 1A1 cervical cancer 7 years ago. Had a complete hysterectomy and was told they got it all….. 3 years after, they found an 8.7cm inoperable tumour on my pelvic sidewall… 30 days radiation and 9. Months of chemo later….. Here I am! Two years cancer free. Don’t give up…. Fight fight fight!

  4. I am going thru the same thing. I was diagnosed in December, right before Christmas, with cervical cancer stage 1b1 and was also offered either a radical hysterectomy with possible chemo and radiation after or I could go straight to the chemo and radiation. Because I have very extensive lvsi and my tumor is grade 3/poorly differentiated, I also decided to go straight for the chemo and radiation treatment. I was so afraid that after such a brutal surgery as a total radical hysterectomy that I’d end up having to go get the chemo/radiation and all those procedures together can cause some seriously nasty side effects like fistulas, ect. I know I personally was unwilling to take a chance like that. I hope you are doing awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing your story, it really helps!!!!!

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