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Leann’s Story (Cervical Cancer, Breast Cancer)

Leann Story (cervical and breast cancer) I married young (20), and had my first baby at 21. After trying to have a second child for over 3 years, I finally became pregnant. During that time, I went to my normal ob/gyn appointment and was told I had abnormal cells, but that after I delivered, it should go away. My baby boy was born at 27 weeks and only weighed 2 lbs.  I later would find out why.

My husband and I spent every day for 70 days visiting him. We hoped he would get strong enough to come home. After about 8 weeks, I went and saw my doctor. The plan was to have a cold knife cone procedure to remove the irregular cells found before. As it turned out, I had cervical cancer. I was so angry, but now I knew why my little boy wanted out. This past November, I had a radical hysterectomy.

I am glad that I have the most special children and husband to help me through that time. I had become depressed. During the next few months, I had meningitis and got a pic line. The iv medication caused me to have no white blood cells, so I was admitted back to the hospital for neurasthenia. I would come to find out the pic line that was in my left arm now had a blood clot (DVT). At that point I felt like,  ‘I’m going home and this craziness will be over soon’. Man, was I wrong.  They found a lump in my left breast. After I  had a mammogram, the results found an atypical spot that I need to have removed.

I’m only 28 and praying that this cancer is not going to come back to me.  I hope to be a strong fighter like my husband’s grandmother who has had breast cancer twice and has kicked its butt. Within a week I’m going for this lumpectomy.  I am staying strong for now.

Leann
Pennsylvania
Submitted 4-30-2012

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.

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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