Hello, my name is Martha. I am 31 years old, and I was diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer this past March. I have had problems with my menstrual cycle since I was a little girl, but the only thing doctors would say was that I would get better once I got married and had children.
Well, I turned 31 and thought, well, I am not getting any younger, and I am still having the same problems I have had since I was a teenager. So I thought I might as well go to the doctor. Long story short, one week after I had a D&C, I was told that I had stage one endometrial cancer. For a second, my whole world stopped.
I am currently working as an English teacher in South Korea, and I had just returned from visiting my family in Puerto Rico. I had just started a new semester, and I was in a foreign country. It is not easy being in a country that is not your own and feeling violated every time you have to be checked. HIPPA doesn’t exist here. You have to share a hospital room with 5 other people. The lack of communication was very frustrating. I used to cry every night before going to sleep.
The reality though is that if I had been in any other country, I probably would not have been able to have the quick and cheap treatment that I have received in this country. I am thankful that they have helped me even though I am not Korean.
Part of my treatment is to have a biopsy every 3 months until I go into remission. I was placed on hormone therapy as a way to try and save my uterus, in case I want to try to have children in the future. Those hormones literally put me in menopause. Hot flashes, mood swings, weight gain, and liquid retention. It was so difficult seeing myself busting my butt exercising and seeing no result. I actually started to gain weight!
Even though I am far away from home, The Lord has been my strength, and the friends he has given me are like family and have been with me every step of the way. The last biopsy results stated that I am in remission. I was told that it would take up to a year to see the results, but thankfully I didn’t have to wait that long. I still have a way to go and more biopsies and who knows what, but regardless of the outcome, I trust that The Lord is in control and that he will give my family and me the strength that we need. I fought like a girl, and for now I have won. I hope all of you that are also in this fight can hold on, and may your faith grow stronger every day.
South Korea (from Puerto Rico)
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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.