December 15, 2004
I am surviving. It took me years to look back on the seriousness of all I went through. When I was in my early twenties, I went for a routine yearly pap. I had been experiencing no symptoms. I had severe dysplasia. The doctor performed the LEEP, then discovered I had microscopic invasive cancer. I was referred to an oncologist who performed the cervical conization. Thankfully, the margins were clear. Although a short time after that, I had my left ovary and fallopian tube removed when a suspicious large mass was detected on the ovary. Without speaking, my husband and I both knew our chances of having children were slim, but I can^t remember speaking of it. When I was in my late twenties, several years later, we discovered I was pregnant! I had to be on bed-rest about six months into it, and the baby was born a little premature, but you^d never know it today! Since then, we have had another beautiful boy, and I am still cancer free! I want to uplift anyone dreading the treatments I went through for dread of not being able to have children. It took us awhile, but God^s will is the final say. Also, I got tears in my eyes when I read what a poster wrote to the effect of she felt for a while that because she didn^t go through horrible treatments like some others that she shouldn^t be affected so dramatically. The "C" word is the big kahuna no matter what type you have or how it is fixed. I am a survivor and I am grateful.