June 24, 2003
I was searching for something (Aren^t we all?)on the Internet, when I came across this Website. I read through the stories and cried. Not only for the pain that is endured, but maybe, just maybe what I went through helped one of these girls/women be a survivor also. 28 years ago, in 1975, I was was told I was in stage 3 of Cervical Cancer. The Doctor asked, don^t you have a little girl? He told me I wouldn^t live to see her 2nd birthday. (How^s that for bedside manner?) Of course, you have to realize at that time, people would not even say the word Cancer, it was known as "The Big C". I told the Doctor, I^d make a deal with him. He could use me as a human guinea pig, experiment, whatever it took, on the condition that he NEVER be that insensitive to me or any other patient as long as he practiced medicine. All agreed, and the test began. At the age of 22 I had to ask the question, which was worse? The cause or the cure? I won^t go into the details, that^s not what this is about. I have my answer and it was worth it!!! I want to thank the NCCC for creating a place where, people can share their pains and triumphs of this disease. Also to be educated by the professionals, as well as the patients. In the 1970^s, they didn^t have support groups or specialized places to get wigs, much less medical information. A lay-person, such as myself had to decipher from the medical dictionary at the library which didn^t leave much room for compassion. I^ve always believed in "Divine Intervention". Please remember WE ARE ALL SURVIVORS!!! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you on your Journey, where ever it may be.