It 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!!
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.