Dellaruby's Journey with Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Patient: Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: about 6 years ago, Female, Age: 37, Stage III

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    • Dellaruby
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine...
    about 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I've had problems with massive menstral bleeding since I was 17. It runs in the women on my Mom's side of the family so I never thought much of it beyond when it would get really bad. I was put on birth control most of my life in order to keep the bleeding from getting worse. I had a hysteroscopy before and all they found was polyps. So when they wanted to do another one on me due to ultrasound results I didn't think anything of it. They called me in to get the results so I went during my regular lunch hour at work. I figured they would tell me pretty much the same thing and that I could go back to work. The last thing I expected to come out of my doctors mouth was I had Cancerous cells in the uterine lining.

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    • Dellaruby
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    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a wonderful specialist who did the surgery. I would recommend him to anyone who needed to do a hysterectomy. However, loving children as I do this was a big hit for my mental state. I'm 32 years old and have no chance of EVER having a child of my own. I loved the hospital I was in. I was given my own private room and the floor nurses were very attentive. I have some nerve damage in the thigh of my left leg but not huge. Just one small area. The scars from the laproscopic surgery are healing nicely. You almost can't see them. I was looking forward to getting back to work in the next couple of weeks and resuming to life as normal.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Dellaruby
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    about 5 years ago
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    Stage three cancer found on lymph nodes

    Oh No

    I got a call from my doctor four weeks later to let me know the results of everything they took out. Apparently there were stage three cancerous cells on two out of fifteen lymph nodes pulled out. For those of you that don't know about lymph nodes, these are the natural filter systems in your body. You don't want to hear that cancerous cells are on your lymph nodes. My doctor told me further treatment would be required. Well, looks like life will have to wait again.

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    • Dellaruby
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    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    I had to decide whether I wanted to go back to work or go on disability. I was told that many people continued working while doing treatments. I learned real quick that these had to be people that could not stop working due to financial reasons because treatment is that tough on your body and mind. I wanted to go back to work. This would mean normality back in my life. I was very upset but decided to stay on disability during the time of treatment. I was glad about my decision when I started to feel the effects of chemo. I could have never done my job as a DMV representative while on chemo.

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    • Dellaruby
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    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The only good experience that I had throughout this entire thing was the wonderful staff at the doctor's office and the wonderful and loving support of friends and family. Treatment's were once every three weeks. The first week was always terrible because I was sore and achy to the point of pain due to a shot they had to give me after every infusion to boost up my white blood cells so my immune system wouldn't be totally shot. I tried to continue working out at the gym (careful due to my immune system) but stopped going when I had to have a port put in due to my shrinking blood veins. To this day that port has been more of a nuisance than an assistance but it was something. I had no veins to work with so it was the only way I was going to get my necessary treatments. I would constantly get constipated and form hemorrhoids. I would take something for constipation which would give me diahrea which would eventually lead to acid diahrea which would bring on so much pain from the discomfort of the hemorrhoid. I was constantly having to balance and counter act medication in a feeble attempt to make myself comfortable.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • Dellaruby
    • Experience with Endometrial (Uterine...
    about 5 years ago
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    Lost loved one

    Loss

    During my third treatment I lost a friend that was like family to me. Her whole family is like a second family to me. The worst part of it though was we lost her due to cancer. She had stomach cancer two years ago and had her entire stomach removed. It was doing fine but then it came back and hit her hard. She had lost a lot of weight was down to 70 lbs. She was a small woman to begin with so when the doctors told her that she had to gain weight in order to treat her I didn't know how someone with no stomach was going to gain weight. These were top doctors at Stanford University. These were the best doctors in the field. There was nothing that could be done until she gained weight but they did what they could to keep the pain down. They sent her home when her pain had subsided and made sure she had all medications that she would need. Months later, she died leaving two children and a distraught family. She was a rock for a lot of people in her life and it hit hard. I held a good face for the family but it was hitting me harder than I let on. The reality hit me like raging bull.... That could be me in that coffin.

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    • Dellaruby
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    about 5 years ago
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    My mind/Sense of Humor

    Loss

    I never lost my sense because that was the only thing helping me hold on to sanity. I started getting chemo brain. Yes, this is a very real thing. My mother had started to notice and was very worried about me coming back from it. I had temporarily dropped out of college because I couldn't think anymore. I was suffering from short term memory loss. I was saying and doing things I wouldn't normally have done or said. I tried not to drive a whole lot due to my mental instabilities. It felt like I had very little control over myself and my actions.

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    • Dellaruby
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    about 5 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    I finished my chemo on December 27th. I was going into the new year chemo free. It felt great. Now I could start recovering and go back to the gym after I spoke with the radiologist to see if that would be safe. I had stopped going when I had the port put in because I didn't want it to move a lot. Three and a half months and finally, no more pain from massive discomfort. It was a baby step but felt like a GIANT step for me.

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    • Dellaruby
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    about 5 years ago
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    Mostly external but some internal

    Radiation

    As I have not gone through the actual treatments yet I do not know what my scales are going to be with pain, side effects and my daily life being effected. The doctor has required that I lose weight before starting treatment so I'm definitely back at the gym. I've been doing good so far but seeing as I have always been a big woman this is going to be a challenge. If I wasn't so close to the required weight they would be finding other options for me but I'm so close that they are trying to work with me as long as I can take some of this weight off.

    Painless Experience: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Dellaruby
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    about 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    Should I go back to school now or wait until I'm done with radiation? My mind is feeling better and stronger every day.

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