Not too long after turning 30, I went to my gyno to see if there was something I could do about my awful periods. They had been heavy and horribly painful for as long as I can remember. I already had children, and my husband and I were satisfied with not having anymore. I did the normal pap and discussed my options. I went home and waited for my results. I was called in to do a biopsy. I had precancerous cells, so I was referred to an oncologist.
My safest bet was to have a hysterectomy, which was done in February of 2012. Everything was going great until October when I started spotting. I made an appointment with my oncologist, and had another biopsy. This time learning I had the early stages of cancer. Chemo and radiation were the answer, or so we thought. Six weeks of both made me sicker than a dog, but it didn’t do much to the tumor that was growing like a weed.
After seeing and getting many “second opinions” we decided surgery was the next step. In March of 2013, I had the tumor and several lymph nodes removed. It was still localized, my lymph nodes came back negative and we had clear margins. Hooray!!!
The beginning of May I went in for a PET scan, only to find a new tumor. All the doctors agreed that I was very young for it to be this aggressive and I would need to have another surgery. On May 31, I went in and had everything removed. I now have a colostomy and urostomy, that are permanent.
After weeks in and out of the hospital. I am now trying to get my life back! I have had a huge team of cheerleaders (friends, family, and new friends for life) cheering me on as well as the strongest man I have ever known, my husband, by my side. Oh and I can’t leave out my five beautiful children that gave me the best reasons to get out of bed and Fight Like A Girl! I’m not sure if my battle is over yet as I’m still waiting to do my next PET scan. No matter the outcome, I will continue to fight right up until the good Lord calls me home. I have by far too much to LIVE for.
If my story does anything, I hope that it reminds women to do their yearly check ups. 20 minutes out of your day could save your life. Cervical cancer needs more awareness!!
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.