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  • July 12, 2005

    Hi There, My story goes like this....I was 31 yrs old & had just arrived in Australia 8 months earlier with my husband & kids....to start a new life. Anyway, it turns out that I hadn^t had a pap done in 5 years... no excuse, just plain forgot. I was having bleeding after intercourse & also discharge. I was on an injection for depo porvera & I had an appointment to get it done again with my GP, I told her of my symptoms & she done a pap test. Ofcourse, one test led to another & I was told I had cancer stage 1b2. I had one gland showing "activity" on the MRI & CT scans so they refused to operate. I underwent 4 weeks of radiotherapy and 4 chemo. Followed up with 5 outpatient brachy therapies. It was the worst time of my life, I had 3 small children and I was sooooooo scared of losing them. I sunk into deep depression until finally I had some medical help & got over it. About a year after my treatment, my paps started coming abnormal. The radiation doc^s told me that it^s just the effects of radiotherapy but my other hospital I attended said "they couldn^t be sure" so I opted for surgery. I was already in menopause & everything had been fried by the radiation anyway. So last year I underwent therapy. From what I can tell, it was only the effects of radiotherapy. Although my doctors are always pretty vague about what they say to me, "could be" "might be" "don^t know for sure" etc... Can^t get a straight answer out of those guys!! nyway, today I am still alive & living my life as best I can. I was told recently by my doctor (radio therapy doc) when I complained of a cough, that I would not want it to come back because they would not be able to "cure me", I^d be looking at palliative care.....WOW, that^s strong stuff! He said that I^d be better knowing "later than sooner" - fortunately the chest x-ray showed clear.....Is this true?? I always believed that re-occurences could be cured - in some cases anyway. Thanks for listening....I think every lady here is so strong & I wish everyone the very best for the future....Remember, life is not measured by the amount of breaths you take - but by the moments that take your breath away...

  • 09-03 -2005
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