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Linda’s Story (Uterine Cancer)

Lindas Story Endometrial Uterine MyonomaIt was April 2013. I was having major pain in my abdomen for months. I didn’t have health insurance so I was driving back and forth from my home to a county hospital multiple times a week without any answers from doctors. Finally, that October, I received a diagnosis and was scheduled for surgery at the end of that month. My daughter suggested I wait until I receive Medicare on my 65th birthday the next month. What did I have to loose? Nothing! I chose Kaiser and called them on November 1st to schedule an appointment. I let them know I had cancer, and they got me in right away.

On November 19, I had a hysterectomy, removal of my abdominal lining and several lymph nodes. That was a very difficult surgery which left me in excruciating pain, but thankfully that pain was temporary. The pain I had been experiencing before surgery was gone. I had a long road to healing ahead of me, but I was so grateful to not have chronic pain anymore. Since they did find cancer cells, I had chemo every three weeks for almost a year. My doctor said I had a 10% chance of surviving. My hair fell out, I had extreme fatigue, nausea, lack of appetite and tingling in my extremities. Most of my symptoms are gone now, but I am still waiting for my eyebrows to grow back. 😉

My daughter brought her friend’s dog over every time she came to take me to doctor appointments or to visit me. The dog helped me find love, courage and a sweet companion. His name is Levi and I adopted him on May 30th. I am so grateful to my doctor, the nurses and chemo staff for treating me and taking such good care of me. I give God all the glory for healing me. My last chemo treatment was on August 12th, 2014. I will have follow up visits and CT Scans every three months for the next two years. This is a small price to pay to still live on this earth and be with my family. I fought like a girl and kicked cancer’s butt!!

Linda
California
Submitted 11/01/2014

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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12 comments

  1. This is my mom & she is a fighter!! Thanks to our faith in God, treatment and lots of prayers, she is cancer-free!! She is beginning to regain her strength, pacing herself and even driving again. I am super proud of her for not giving up when she easily could have. I admire her passion for life, scrapbooking and love for others…which I get from her!! I love you Mom!! <3 xoxo <3

  2. WOW, I CAN IMAGINE A LITTLE OF WHAT YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH., I HAD CHEMO AND RADIATION FOR 6 MONTHS, CHEMO WAS GIVEN AT BEGINNING, IN MIDDLE, AND AT THE END. LOOSING ALL MY BODY HAIR GRADUALLY WITHOUT NOTICING IT UNTIL IT WAS ALL GONE. I KIND OF LAUGHED THAT ONE OUT. MY CANCER WAS CAUGHT IN THE VERY EARLY STAGES, ANAL RECTUM AREA., NOW I AM STILL FEELING SOMETHING BUT CANCER FREE. I ADMIRE YOUR COURAGE TO KEEP ON FIGHTING, YOU DID IT, AND DID GRACEFULLY. GOD BLESS YOU, KIM MOM. I REMEMBER MEETING YOU. I HOPE ONE DAY WE CAN MEET AGAIN. TO GO SAY HI, I LIVE IN PALM DESERT. MY CHRONIC PAIN KEEPS ME AT HOME MOST OF THE TIME. ITS HARD TO JUST GET UP AND GO. FORGIVE ME FOR NOT COMING TO VISIT. KNOW THAT I HAVE KEPT YOU IN MY PRAYERS, KIM TOLD ME YOU WERE SICK, IT WAS SO HARD TO BELIEVE. NOW YOU ARE DOING GOOD. KEEP ON EATING HEALTHY SO YOU CAN GAIN YOUR STRENGTH BACK. .

    • Hi Jorge,
      I am so sorry to hear you had renal cancer. Cancer is no respecter of person. I am so glad they caught your cancer early. Early detection is important that is why we need to listen to our bodies. It would be nice to see you too.. It is difficult to put on eyebrow pencil when you don’t have any eyebrows. I had no idea how difficult that would be. So rather than focus on what I didn’t have I focused on what I do have. Oh by the way the eyebrows are growing back.
      Love,
      Linda

  3. Dear Heavenly Father I pray your look down on your daughter and pour you healing love out on her bless her and guide her. Father I ask that you watch over her and grant her peace and joy, in Jesus precious name Amen. God Bless you Both Linda and Kim…

    • Hi David,
      Thank you so much for your prayer. The Lord is present every day in my life and I am so blessed to celebrate another birthday today.

  4. Hi Linda !
    You made me smile , laugh today… … waiting for your eyebrows to grow back ! ! Hahaha! !
    With a natural sense of humor like that , for sure you fought like a girl , but you stood proud as a woman with strength !
    (I wrote a story on my sister Diane Gaudreault in non hodgkins lymphoma under my name ), if you are willing and upto it could you spread the gift of words and laughter you gve me , it is her birthday !!
    With love, prayers from Canada
    Brigitte Estelle xxxx
    And a special Thank you to Kim for her love to her mother ! Xx

    • Hi, Brigitte,
      What a lovely name. I certainly will. It is also my birthday! What a blessing to live another year. Thank you for your kind words. You have to deal with illness with humor it is the best medicine.
      Love,
      Linda

  5. Bonjour Linda !!
    What a pleasure for me to be communicating with you and a very Happy Birthday to you ! How are you and your health ? Still smiling and giving the gift of laughter!,? Cherish your gift because that is strength, You write with alot of courage , understanding where you are and how to get thru your journey with positive outlook by laughing and keeping your spirits up! I love reading your story for it brings me a smile ! How is Kim and that cute doggy ? If it is hard for penciling in your eyebrows , dont put it on to heavy , be subtle about the color and line . You were sick ? Are you doing fine? Nothing to worry about ? I will have you in my prayers Linda yo and Kim !
    Ahh I send you a gret big hug from Canada!! Here I will tell you a funny story since you are a optimistic person that likes humor,
    My name was chosen by my father you see , my mother was in labor for me and they had to stop for the
    train to pass and it took longer then usual (they told me) , so my father turned and saw an advertisement of
    a movie that was starring Brigitte Bardot and said if it is another girl I am calling her Brigitte!! Well it is so
    much fun that you took the time to answer that is awesome ♡♡
    with lotsa of positive vibes from Canada, Québec
    (you can email me if you like)
    Brigitte Estelle xxxx
    brigitte.gaudreault@gmail.com
    gotta go wish my sister happy birthday you are welcome too if you like, under non hodgkins lymphoma section she is the one with a black hat on , hair in the face , her name is Diane Gaudreault, my name appears over her head because I wrote the story,
    Have a very nice evening Linda!

  6. Ahhh! Linda thank you for your kind words to my sister Diane you are an angel ! She will post a reply , she is that kind !!
    Xxx Brigitte Estelle

  7. Brigitte Estelle Gaudreault

    Hi Linda,
    How are you doing these days? Here is wishing you another ” Happy Birthday from Canada ” !!

    With love from Québec, Canada
    Brigitte Estelle xxx

    ******** BONNE FĚTE. *********

  8. Linda, can I ask a few questions? How bad was your uterine pain before diagnosis? My pain is over a 10, not diagnosed yet. Ovaries scan and pap was normal. I have a dull ache daily, but during my period the pain feels like I’m being operated on. I was crying with pain today, also goes thru to my lumbar region. Since February, my bowels changed to diarrhea. It’s now June and things have gotten worse. I can’t live like this. They found a cervical polyp but pap was normal, and I’m reading that uterus polyps can extend to that area, and with this pain I’m scared its cancer. My mother had aggressive estrogen breast cancer and passed away. I know some uterine cancers are estrogen caused. Anyone have severe pain that was over a 10? Worse than childbirth. 🙁

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