While my story is not so joyous as all of you that have been lucky enough to survive your cancer, I feel it is worth sharing because of the circumstances that surround the situation. And please understand, that I wish not to rain on anyone\^s parade, for one second cancer free is a start to a lifetime of being cancer free. I just want you all to have that chance!
In August of 2007 my mother called me to tell me she was hemorrhaging from her vagina. I quickly rushed to get her to an emergency room. August 22, 2007 we were given a diagnoses of Uterine Cancer - treatment would be a hysterectomy.
September 3, 10 and 14, 2007 my mother has 3 pap smears, ALL COME BACK NORMAL.
September 17, 2007 my mother has a hysterectomy. When the doctor gets her open, he discovers that the uterine side of her cervix is completely eaten up with cancer. He determines that her cancer started there and spread to the uterus. She went into her surgery with a 95% chance of becoming cancer free and came out of it with a 65% chance of surviving one year.
She began radiation in February of 2008. She had 36 treatments and that should have taken about 7 weeks to complete. She did not finish her treatments until April. She lost over 150 pounds during the radiation.
April 2008 - End radiation. Cancer has metastasized to the pelvic, abdominal and thoracic lymph nodes.
May 2008 - Cancer has metastasized to the brain. With radiation, she may live 6 months.
June 2008 - Cancer has again metastasized to the liver and breasts.
Through all of this, my mother was never able to have chemo due to a dead kidney and the other being 75% encompassed by a staghorn stone.
August 2008- Cancer has metastasized yet again to the bones.
September 3, 2008 my mother lost her fight with cancer.
September 17, 2008 (one year to the day after her hysterectomy) I picked up her ashes from the funeral home. My mother was 58 when she died.
My mother is proof that there are flaws in the system when it comes to getting those nifty little pap smears. Just because they come back clean does NOT mean that you are okay.
In December of 2007 I went to my doc and had a pap done, it came back clean. I told him to check the uterine side of my cervix as well, and sure enough there was abnormal cells. It was caught in the very early stages and I was treated and have been clear ever since.
So, for those of you who have been checked, and you are \"clear\" I BEG of you, please have your doctor check the uterine side of your cervix if they didn\^t already. Many doctors will not do this, and if yours won\^t please find one that will. Your life depends on it.
I wish you all the best, I pray that you all survive and live to tell your stories to your friends, family members and any stranger that will listen to you.
Knowledge is power! And it is up to all of us to make sure that EVERYONE understands exactly what we are up against. Cervical cancer can be a silent killer. My mother\^s doctor estimated that she had cervical cancer for at least 10 years. That is 10 years of pap smears that have come back with a false negative.
You are ALL heroes! Everyday that you get out of bed and fight you are bringing us all one step closer to finding a cure.
Blessings and Love to you all!
in loving memory of Maureen Cecilea Roper November 10, 1949 - September 3, 2008