I was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma at the age of 21. I am sure anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer has had different responses to the devastating news. No one can be prepared for a doctor telling them they have cancer. I was young, and had just given birth to a healthy baby boy.
I hadn’t even heard of mesothelioma and the information the internet was giving me was bleak, with a poor prognosis, plus all the patient examples were older men. That’s when my faith kicked into overdrive! I was determined to beat mesothelioma and live!
As part of my treatment, I had surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, or HIPEC. To this day I am still cancer free! Remember the saying, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover,’ because you never know! I’m grateful for my healing, my journey and how far I’ve come. Now, almost 15 years later, I am here to tell my story. It’s a passion of mine to encourage and inspire others.
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.