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Shawnea’s Story (Cervical Cancer)

Cervical Cancer StoriesI’m 21 and I was just diagnosed with cervical cancer today.

I’m scared, confused, hurt, and I don’t know what else to think.

I have a 2 year old son who needs to see me strong. I’m not sure what to do or what to expect.

New York
Submitted 5-24-2012

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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  1. traci case

    Hi Shawnea, my name isTraci im now 34 married w/2 gorgeous miracles I shouldnt have. I was 16 with stage 4 cervical cancer & sever endometriosis. I found out after 13 docs & bein my own advocate. I was told I would never have kids but i do have 2 lil miracles. Cervical Cancer even sounds scary but I must say if u get a cancer it may b the 1. Cervical cancer unlike most is very treatable but u must stay on top of & let them get out of u Now! even if they take most of your cervix, no worries it does grow back. Diet I have found is a big factor,caffeine,fast food,box foods,not good. Red meat has alot of.hormones in & so I have tried to limit my intake even tho I Nebraska girl all the way. Good luck in your journey & know your not alone but will b ok.

  2. Cindy Shepherd

    I’m older and had a different form of cancer, but what I did after I got my diagnosis, was to read as much as I could, both online and through the library. I also joined an online support group through, since that worked best with my schedule – found that very helpful through the whole process, since everyone in the group was diagnosed or in remission from some form of gynecologic cancer. They will be starting another group shortly – highly recommend it!

  3. Brandy

    Hi Shawnea. I was diagnose with stage 1a cervical cancer in November 2012. I had just had my second baby girl in June of that year and the doctors all knew I was having abnormal paps and biopsies that were showing dysplasia. After her birth they found by a leep it was full blown cancer. As stated before this is the most treatable form of cancer but its still cancer none the less. I had a full hysterectomy in December and so far so good it’s still gone. I’m only 29 and have two little girls so I know exactly what your feeling. You know your body better than anyone had I not put my foot down back in July at my post partum check up they would have never found this. Keep your head up an follow your heart with the decisions you are soon to be met with.

  4. Gina

    I was 28 when I was diagnosed with 3 different masses in my breast, and the cancer was starting to spread. I was uncontrollable. The more I read on the internet, the more scared I was and the more I was sure I was going to die. I suggest, don’t read. lol Stay close to your friends and family, and it’s okay to cry. My kids say I am the strongest person they know. But, they saw my tears and my pain. And we all stuck together! Just know that you will get through it and be happy and healthy in the end!! <3

  5. Renee' D

    Last August I was diagnosed with stage 2 cervical cancer. I had a tumor that was through mu cervical wall making a hysterectomy not an option. I think the two most important things I can tell you is 1. Lean on your friends and family. If they offer help, take it. Don’t feel like it makes you weak to do so. 2. If you don’t feel comfortable with your dr., find a new one. Stand up for yourself. This is your life, your body, your decision. Read, research, keep a journal. You can do this!

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