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  • I am a cancer survivor
  • My story begins on May 14th, the day was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I have had several abnormal paps in the past and was never too concerned with them. I had a coposcopy in February and was referred to a gynecologist for further testing the end of April. Then I had a cone biopsy. I will never forget that day that I came home from work and my doctor was on the phone with the news. I have never felt so terrified in my life and I was in such shock to hear that I had \"CANCER\". That was only something that happened to other people and now I was facing this myself.
    I have a wonderful support system in my husband, parents, sisters and friends who check on my daily to see how things are going. The hardest part was playing the waiting game for a week before I could see the gynecologic oncologist where I was referred. After seeing him, I felt very reassured and I am scheduled to have a radical hysterectomy on June 16th. I have gotten over the initial shock of it all but when I read all of your stories I started to realize I may be in for a long road ahead. In my mind when I have the surgery I will be cancer free because I had a cat scan and a pet scan and they both came back negative so the cancer hasn\^t spread anywhere else but that wondering and doubt are still there for me.
    My biggest concern was how I would be after surgery and I have been worrying about the self-catheterization that my doctor said will be necessary. In the whole scheme of things, that is probably the least of my concerns at this point!
    I am a healthy, strong, determined person and I am trying to stay strong. I have 2 children ages 8 and 11 and they keep me busy and keep my mind off of things every day.
    I am just playing the waiting game again for my surgery. If anyone has any advice or suggestions for me please do not hesitate to let me know. This is so new to me and I am very scared but have a very positive attitude.
    To all of you who are survivors and have gone through so much you are an inspiration to me and many others. Thank you for sharing your stories! It means so much to know that there are other people going through the same struggles! Many blessings to you!
  • 06-09 -2008
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