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  • It was so uplifting to read that I am not the only young woman fighting cervical cancer. You usually don\^t associate cancer with young people, but in reality, it happens. My story started on May 5, 2009. I had gone in a week prior for a colposcopy because of an abnormal pap. My doctor thought that the cells were still pre-cancerous, and had addressed possible treatment plans. A week later, I received a phone call that changed my life forever. I had cancer! It felt like I had been punched in the stomach- Me? Cancer? Not only did I get that news, but when I asked her what the treatment plan was, she told me it would most likely be a hysterectomy. My husband and I have only been married for 3 years and we had just started trying for children. After meeting with the first oncologist, and learning that this was his recommendation as well, we knew we had to be our own advocates. After ALOT of research, we found a fairly new procedure called a radical trachelectomy. It removes the cervix, but leaves the uterus intact. Although conception is not guaranteed, it leaves the door open for us to still try and have children on our own. There are many success stories of women who have done just that. It is considered a high risk pregnancy, but at least there\^s still hope! I am scheduled to go in on July 28 for this procedure. I am very fortunate because there is a doctor in my area who can do it robotically- it is much less invasive. If all goes well, I will be in the hospital for one night and have a 2 week recovery. I am only 32 years old and I am not willing to give up this fight. I have a very strong faith in God and I know that this is all part of His master plan. I may not see it now, but I know I am going to come out such a stronger person on the other end. For those of you who have been recenly diagnosed, stand up for yourself! There are other options out there-keep searching for that right doctor!
  • 07-14 -2009
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