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  • IT WAS ONLY FOR A SHORT TIME THAT I HAD CANCER BUT THE EXPERIENCE WAS VERY STRESSFUL IT FEELS WEIRD TO SAY IT BUT I GUESS I CAN SAY I AM A CANCER SURVIVOR AND HERE GOES MY STORY.
    I HAD NOT HAD A PAPSMEAR EXAM SINCE MY LAST CHILD WAS BORN WHICH WAS ABOUT SIX YEARS AGO BUT FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS I WAS BLEEDING CONTINUOUSLY. I GOT USED TO THE BLEEDING AND EVERYTIME I THOUGHT ABOUT GOING TO THE DOCTOR I WOULD STOP FOR A DAY THEN I WOULD START BLEEDING AGAIN. FOR A WHOLE YEAR I STOPPED BLEEDING ALTOGETHER FOR A TOTAL OF 2 WEEKS HERE AND THERE. BEING A SINGLE MOM WORKING FULL-TIME AND ATTENDING COLLEGE FULL-TIME DIDNT ALLOW MYSELF ANY TIME. AFTER 2+ YEARS OF BLEEDING AND TAKING BIRTH CONTROL PILLS THAT WOULD ONLY SUBSIDE THE BLEEDING I WENT TO THE GYNECOLOGIST ON ONE OF THOSE DAYS THAT I STOPPED BLEEDING AND HE DID A PAPSMEAR WHICH CAME OUT ABNORMAL AND WAS ADVISED TO DO A COLPOSCOPY BUT I PUT THAT OFF ONLY FOR A MONTH BECAUSE BY THEN I COULD NOT EVEN MOVE WITHOUT BLEEDING EXCESSIVELY. I BEGGED MY GYNECOLOGIST TO DO A D&C THAT SAME DAY. HE AGREED AND HE ALSO DID THE COLPOSCOPY WHICH CAME BACK POSITIVE FOR CARCINOMA.

    I DIDN\^T KNOW WHAT TO THINK AND I JUST DIDN\^T WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT. I WAS SCARED AND KIND OF IN DENIAL. I DID RESEARCH AND I GOT MORE SCARED JUST TO THINK OF THE POSSIBILITY THAT I WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH MAJOR SURGERY IN WHICH I COULD NEVER HAVE CHILDREN AGAIN OR GO THROUGH CHEMO AND RADIATION.

    MY DOCTOR SAID THAT MY NEXT STEP WOULD BE TO HAVE A CONE BIOPSY. I HAD THE CONE BIOPSY AND THE DOCTOR WAS ABLE TO REMOVE ALL OF THE CANCER WHICH WAS ONLY CARCINOMA IN SITU. NOW I HAVE TO HAVE A PAPSMEAR EVERY THREE MONTHS.

    I\^M STILL SCARED BECAUSE THE DOCTOR SAID THAT \"HE HOPED THE PATHOLOGIST LOOKED AT THE MARGINS THAT HE WANTED HIM TO LOOK AT\" WHICH LEFT ME CONFUSED AND WITH DOUBT. I ASKED FOR A CT SCAN TO BE DONE ONLY FOR MY PEACE OF MIND AND THAT WAS TODAY SO I HAVE TO WAIT FOR HIS RESPONSE. I DONT KNOW IF I DID THE RIGHT THING IN ASKING MY GYNECOLOGIST TO ORDER A CT SCAN BUT I WANT SOMETHING TO REASSURE ME THAT THERE ISN\^T ANYMORE CANCER CELLS.
  • 08-14 -2008
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