I was diagnosed with uterine cancer in April of this year and I am inspired by the stories on this website and others I’ve known who have battled cancer to “Fight Like a Girl!” Since the OB/GYN first discovered that I had atypical hyperplasia in 2010 I have been fighting. Oncologists recommended a hysterectomy, but I opted then for an approach that would preserve my ability to carry a child. Despite doctors recommendations I opted to use the Mirena IUD and for three years and my uterine cells were found to go back to NORMAL. I was thrilled and hopeful as late last year I got married and chose to have the Mirena IUD removed to try for children.
After a few months my prolonged light bleeding returned for over a month and I knew something was wrong. Within six months of having the Mirena IUD removed by cells went from normal to low grade uterine cancer. I was sent for tests and a MRI and there is no “suspect” invasion into the myometrium thus far. I am in the middle of making a difficult decision. The oncologists stated that the low grade uterine cancer is treatable by medication (menace). They said my initial issue is actually PCOS and if I can lose weight and be consistent on the Megace I may have a chance to treat this. However, there is a 30-40% chance the cancer could stay the same of have advanced in six months.
My husband and I are hoping to try for a baby in six months if the cancer is gone, but I am concerned whether my cancer will progress. We are getting second opinions and researching. The research is mostly from 2011 and on for women who are opting for the “conservative approach” and trying to preserve their uterus, however most treatment recommendations have been hysterectomy. I wish it did not feel like I’m “rolling the dice.” I am feeling very lucky this was caught early enough to have a surgery, however I am also hopeful that I may be able to preserve my uterus so I can experience pregnancy and having a child. I am relying on a lot of my faith in God right now and my husband is my strength and anchor. To all the women who are battling cancer and other critical illness I say, “Fight on!” One day we will have a cure and improved access to genetic testing and treatment for every woman everywhere!
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.