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Shereena’s Story (Cervical Cancer)

Shereena's Story Cervical CancerIn 2014, I found out I was pregnant with my 4th child, and because I had complications with my 3rd child, I had to go see an OBGYN from the start of my pregnancy. I had a Pap test done and found out that it was an abnormal Pap test. My OBGYN then told me that they would have to keep a close eye on me to make sure that it was not cervical cancer and keep an eye out for signs of precancerous cells. Well, when I was 28 weeks pregnant, my doctor told me that there were signs of precancerous cells, so I would have to make sure I came in after the baby was born to get another Pap test and a biopsy. I had my son in December 2014.

On March 30th, 2015, I went in for a biopsy. A week later, I was told that I was diagnosed with cervical dysplasia. I then was given a date for June 12th, 2015 to have a LEEP procedure done. I went in and had the procedure done, but then I received a letter in the mail on June 22nd, 2015 that was dated June 18th, 2015 from my OBGYN office, stating that my doctor had been trying to get a hold of me. I went into the office the day I received the letter to see what she needed me for. That’s when my doctor had me go in back to a room and wait for her to come in and speak to me and my husband. We had our 2 youngest boys with us. When my doctor came in the room, she shut the door and sat next to me. Right then and there, I knew that there was something wrong. I told her to just give us the bad news. That is when she told us that I had cervical cancer. This was very heartbreaking, especially on that day, because me and my husband were discussing that in 5 years, we wanted to try for one more baby once our youngest was in school, to try for a girl. My doctor then told me she was going to set me up with the best oncologist that she knew and kept saying sorry to me and my husband.

On July 9th, 2015, I went in for a CT scan. On July 14th, 2015, I met with my new oncologist. At the appointment, we got some good news that the cancer had not spread and that we did catch it in time, and I was only stage 1 A1. My oncologist said that we had 3 different options. Option 1 was a regular hysterectomy, option 2 was a radical hysterectomy, and the 3rd option was a radical trachelectomy. Before our first visit with the oncologist, my husband and I had come to terms with the fact that we would no longer have any more children and that we just wanted me to be healthy so I could be here for the 4 kids that I already have. So when I was given my 3 options, I chose the radical hysterectomy so that I wouldn’t have to go through menopause at an early age. We knew the risks of the trachelectomy, that the chances of me carrying to term were very, very low and that I was at high risk of a miscarriage. I didn’t want to have that risk with a baby, so I thought the radical hysterectomy was the only choice that made sense. A month later, I was given a date for surgery, which was for October 7th, 2015 at 6 am.

On October 7th, 2015, I went in for my surgery. When my oncologist opened me up, she and another oncologist noticed the tumor had gotten bigger, and they both decided that surgery was no longer safe to proceed with. So she tied my ovaries up higher and closed me up. When I was finally awake, she informed me of what had happened, and she and another oncologist explained to me my next steps, which were radiation and chemo.

From October 14th, 2015 to Novemeber 19th, 2015, I did 23 rounds of external radiation, 5 rounds of chemo (every Wednesday for 5 weeks for 5 hours each time) and 4 of brachytherapy (internal radiation).

I went in for a checkup on December 15th and was told great news–that the tumor was shrinking and that the radiation and chemo were working. I explained to them I was having signs of early menopause, so they did blood work and found out that was what it was. I was prescribed an estrogen patch to help with the hot flashes, but when I read that they put you at high risk for uterine cancer, I decided not to put them on.

I went to another checkup just a couple weeks ago on January 19th, 2016, and the doctor said everything is looking great and that he will see me in a few months. I may still not be cancer free, but I am a fighter, and I know that I am gonna beat cancer. Because I Fight Like A Girl!

Submitted 01/31/2016

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. Boundie

    Hi there!

    Thanks for sharing your story. How are you doing?

    • Shereena

      I am doing much better thank you 🙂 I am going for my routine CT scan next week to make sure everything is on tract. My anxiety however has gotten the best of me over the last few months with the fear of it coming back and such but because I have an amazing medical team that help me get through it. I have learned many life lessons through this and now I dont take my time on this earth for granted. I live life to the fullest now with my children and not taking for granted my time with them. I make as many memories as I can with my kids. I even began college in April and will be done in November taking a PSW course. I was supposed to start last year but then found out that we couldnt go through with the surgery and had to undergo treatment, so as soon as I got the okay from my medical team I jumped right at the chance for the next start date and now I am loving it 🙂 I am alot happier now that I work hard each day to get healthier 🙂

  2. danielle

    i was diagnosed with breast cancer and i lived with that diagnosis for more than 3 years, spending all I have and losing my self in the process, its what I wouldn’t want to see any person go through, Luckily i had an encounter with Dr Makesh, a renowned Indian doctor that helped me overcome my cancer in less than two and a half months, just with the use of herbal medicine and spiritual help, i can now boldly say I am cancer free and a proud living testimony,he is known to be able to tackle any type of cancer found in the human body, God forbids any one should suffer here on earth, thats why I believe he created all these herbs, if you also want to clear your doubts and fight cancer to the barest minimum, take the bull by the horn and avoid death, you can contact my Doctor, either by his email or his mobile +18653473092

    • Shereena

      Thank you and I am so happy to hear your story and thats amazing that you have been cancer free. I have an ammazing medical team and they are convinced I will if I am not already, will be cancer free as well. we will know next week if I am cancer free yet. But thank you for the information.

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