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  • Maria Wood, Edgewater, NJ
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  • 07/17/03

    Two years ago, my gynecologist removed a polyp from my cervix. It turned out to be cancerous. I was sent to a specialist, who performed a radical hysterectomy. At the same time, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have a mastectomy. The two were unrelated and caught early, so I needed no follow-up treatment. However, in March my doctor did a vaginal smear and found two polyps. Again, they were cancerous. I needed more surgery, I just finished radiation therapy and am currently undergoing chemotherapy. When my cancer returned I was devastated. I am now 46 years old, never married and I have no children. I am trying to keep my spirits up during treatment, but I feel like my whole life has been wasted. What if my cancer comes back again? What man will ever want me now? I want to cry every time I see a pregnant woman. My friends talk about their boyfriends and husbands and I feel so worthless. Is there anybody else who feels the same way? I also feel as if my doctor may have been too aggressive in his treatment of me from the beginning. Was there any possibility my uterus could have been saved? For all the aggressive treatment, my cancer still returned.
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