February 16, 2005
I was 25 when I was diagnosed with high grade lesions of carcinoma in situ. I am a realist, and I wanted a Dr. who would be straight with me. I found one in my current Dr.^s partner. I was married and had no children, and I still wanted them. Unfortunately, two weeks after diagnosis my husband left me, unwilling to accept the responsibility my diagnosis required. I pushed forward, and my Dr. and I agreed to be conservative. I had 3 different procedures, the last removed the last of my cervix. The Dr. said that if the third time was not a charm, he^d have to do a hysterectomy. Luckily it was, I am happily remarried and had two successful pregnancies, although they required cerclages (sewing the uterus closed). I have been cancer free now 25 years. If you choose to take a conservative approach like mine, you need to find a Dr. willing to take that responsibility, and you have to understand that by chosing this course you put yourself at risk. If the risk goes against you, you can^t then blame the Dr. for your choices. But for me, my risk proved worth it every time I look at my children.