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  • In November 2011 I was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer. Just as with all of us this was the worst and most fearful news I had ever gotten. At age 35, I was so scared that I would not come through this. My friends and family rallied around me. Within a week I started my treatment journey. I had 6 chemo treatments, 40 external radiation treatments and 5 internal treatments. I had some rough times through this. To compound matters, the tumor had restricted my ureters and I had to have bi-lateral nephrostomies inserted to drain my kidneys. The treatment made me so exhausted and in a lot of pain. I made it through treatment with a wonderful team at the West Michigan Cancer Center in Kalamazoo, MI. I thought after treatment that I would feel better in a week or so...how wrong I was. It took about 4 weeks. Before I was sleeping 20 hours a day, but then slowly I started to get my energy back, though the pain is still constant. Some of this is because of the cancer/treatment but it is compounded by the nephrostomies. I am now looking forward to late April when I will receive the results from my PET scan and know if the cancer is gone or not. Though I do have a healthy attitude, there are moments that I am scared its not all gone or that it will come back with a vengeance some day. It is now my mission to tell every woman I know or tell my story to to get their PAP tests done annually. I didn^t have one for a very long time because I couldn^t afford it, now I know I couldn^t afford not to. Prayers for all of the sisters fighting, girls with cervical cancer. Taking it one day at a time we will get through this.
  • 03-07 -2012
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