June 07, 2005
Hi My name is Pauline I was diagnosed with cervical cancer 16 months ago I am now 38. I have stage 1 2b cancer. Last year I was to have a radical hysterectomy however when they opened me up they removed my lymp nodes which one was positive and decided to abort the hysterectomy. I then did 6wks mon-fri of radiotherapy and 6 once a wk chemo followed up with brachytherapy (internal radiotherapy) for 56hrs of hell! I have had all sorts of side effects including having part of my small bowel removed due to radiation damage, everything I eat goes straight through me ,not to mention being on so many painkillers I think I could open up a chemist shop. My follow up visits since Nov04 have showed 2 positive pap smears the first they said is normal after treatment so I went back for them to do an internal EVA biopsics etc. I am still stage 1 2b all my treatment did not work. My dr said if there had been no lymp node involvement he would do a full pelvic exentration (removal of bowel bladder and vagina) I have a wonderful husband and 3 children 15,16,18 My situation now is I cant have any more radiation, chemo wont work and there is nothing more to do All I can do is live one day at a time and try to get as much quality of life as I can Tracy,BC Canada you sound like a very brave strong woman Thank you for reading my story any advice I would be grateful.