April 6, 2005
I am a cancer survivor! It all started after the birth of my second child when I was 28 years old. I went to my ob/gyn for my 3 month check after giving birth. That was in March of 2002, those results came back abnormal. I had never had an abnormal pap and have always gone yearly. My doctor was sure it was just from the delivery but wanted to do a repeat pap in 3 months. So in June 2002, I went for another pap which again came back abnormal. Still convinced it was not anything serious but wanting to be cautious, my doctor performed a colposcopy in August 2002 (shortly after my 29th birthday). One week later he called me in for the results... stage 1a adenocarcinoma cervical cancer. I was shocked and devasted but tried to focus on the fact that it was detected early and that I had a lot to fight for! I was referred to a oncologist who explained my options. Either radiation & chemotherapy or a radical hysterectomy. After discussing it with my husband, we decided to have the hysterectomy. We had two Beautiful children and I couldn^t take any chances of not being there to see them grow up. For some reason, I felt better about having the cancer removed. I had my surgery on August 21, 2002. I had a complete hysterectomy even my ovaries were removed. A few weeks later on a follow up visit, I was discouraged to learn some cancer cells were detected in on one of the lymph nodes. Just when I thought it was over! I completed 25 external radiation treatments and 5 chemo treatments. My doctor felt confident that everything had been removed but did not want to take any chances! The radiation and chemo treatments were worse than the surgery in terms of how you feel. I knew that I could not take any chances for my children or my husband. Needless to say, this August will be three years cancer free! I go to the doctor every four months now for a pap and have not had any problems. I feel great! If you get diagnosed with cervical cancer be vigilant and you can beat it!