NCCC Georgia (Lawrenceville)

November 20, 2017


Chapter Leader: Catrina Trice-Adams

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A message from Chapter Leader Catrina Trice-Adams

I was born in Chicago, IL but now reside in Atlanta, GA with my four children. I am a full-time worker’s comp claims adjuster. I have worked in the insurance industry with my current employer for seven years now. In 2007, my annual Pap (in which I was faithful in getting) came back abnormal so I went on to have additional testing; only to find out I had HPV. This was only a year after I lost my husband in a car accident.

At the time I was 35 and had never heard of HPV. I thought after having a LEEP procedure that everything would be fine, but in 2010 I was diagnosed with stage 2b cervical cancer. I thought had I known enough about the disease that maybe this part of my life would had been different. The journey of going through chemotherapy and radiation was very hard. I was far away from my family and close friends who were living in another state, and I didn’t want to burden my children. I needed them to focus on school. At the time I felt ashamed and was very private so therefore I suffered in silence rarely talking about it with local friends. It was the second hardest thing I had to go through.

God placed the right nurses and doctors in my life who I can’t imagine getting through this without. I spoke to many cancer patients during chemo but not anyone that was battling cervical cancer. As I continued on this journey, I learned of ASHA/NCCC and I started doing the research that should have taken place years ago. I finally found a community in whom I could relate to. As the years went by I started opening up more and learning that I’m not the only one who didn’t know about HPV and that cervical cancer is a preventable cancer. My friend who is a breast cancer survivor told me that it was time to tell my story because somebody needed me, which was confirmation of something I already knew. My desire is to educate and bring awareness to the community about HPV and cervical cancer, which no one talks about. I also plan to support those who are currently battling this disease and shouldn’t go at it alone. I am grateful to God who has gotten me through and also for the host of family and friends who are willing to serve in this purpose. I can now say that I am a 7-year cancer-free survivor! A will to Teal and save a life!

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