May 18, 2005
Three years ago, when I was 32 years old, my husband and I finally decided it was time to start a family. I went to my doctor for a pre-pregnancy checkup, including a pap. My results came back showing adenocarcinoma cells, and my colposcopy showed microinvasion. Because my husband and I did not yet have children, we elected for the most conservative treatment to preserve my fertility rather than the usual hysterectomy. I had a cold knife cone biopsy that showed clear margins. Following a year of clean follow-up paps, my gynecological oncologist gave me the OK to try to conceive. Unfortunately, for a year we had no luck, due to cervical stenosis as a result of the procedure. However, through intrauterine insemination, we were able to conceive. Our precious daughter is now four months old, and I feel very blessed.