Don’t lose hope!

September 5th, 2013 · 1 Comment

I was diagnosed at 17 with borderline Stage 4. I, too, had your typical symptoms: big belly, backaches, pain in abdomen, etc. Went through surgery and chemo (taxol and cisplatin) then after a break, went on HRT which made my cancer come back malignant. Boo. We couldn’t afford a bone and marrow transplant so my amazing doctor recommended we go in again and clean-up all the tumors that spread and get aggressive with chemo. Hoorah! We won! My battle went on for 4 years; 17 years old ‘til I was 21. During that time, I also lost my 21-year old brother to epilepsy. Boo again.
But, 16+ years later, I’m still healthy! We’ve adopted 3 children and it’s been great! :) I’ve still got my uterus but decided not to risk carrying a child. I hate that I’m going through menopause at such a young age, but hey, it could be worse! Good luck to all you warrior women out there!

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  • 1 llblack // Oct 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    You are an inspiration to many women in this community. I work in a wellness/rehabilitation clinic primarily focused on helping gynecologic cancer patients through their cancer journey from diagnosis to years after remission. I see so many women who loose hope from time to time…women like yourself really help them to stay strong! Thanks for your post. :-)

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