I am 52 years old and I received the news about my cervical cancer on April 26, 2011. I had one abnormal pap smear over 10 years ago and did not think that there would be problems in the future.
It was shocking and took me a few days to get myself together and ready to fight of my life. I decided that I was going to approach this with high doses of prayer and love from my family. I took a week to visit close family members out of town.
When I returned home, I started 5 chemo sessions (one treatment per week) and radiation every day for five weeks.
I never allowed myself to think that the treatment or the cancer would get the best of me. The chemo did not make me sick, just a little fatigued and I tolerated the radiation well also.
Prayer and a strong sense of making it through with little to no discomfort was what helped me. After the 5 chemo sessions and 5 weeks of radiation (every day), I was admitted into the hospital for internal radiation. Again, I focused on being strong (mentally) and the fact that I still had much more in life to accomplish. After the second stay in the hospital for internal radiation I^d lost about 10 pounds, but my recovery came quickly. Each week I felt stronger and stronger. It^s now 6 weeks since by last hospital stay for internal radiation and I am very close to feeling just as I did before the cancer was discovered.
Prayer is still a major focus in my life every morning when I open my eyes. I completed my treatment at the beginning of August and I have to wait until December for the PET scan. I have not allowed cancer get me down mentally and I think this has made a difference with helping me physically. I know it^s not over yet, so I continue to pray, meditate and eat healthy every day. May God bless all of my sisters who are going through this struggle as well. I will keep all of you in my prayers every day. Much love to you always.