marissaf's Journey with Cervical Cancer

Survivor: Cervical Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 14 years ago, Female, Age: 48, Stage II

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    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer has spread/Metastasized

    Oh No

    I was devastated when I returned from my OB/Gyn appointment that day. What made it worst is the nurse gave me a brochure about cervical cancer that stated, more or less, that I could die from it. I have a three year old and an eight year old at the time. My thoughts were, "Who's going to take care of them?, what's going to happen to them if I'm gone?" I wanted to cry, scream, punch someone or something. I was mad, sad, and experiencing a variety of emotions all at the same time.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Hysterectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My physician gave me several options. Having worked in an oncology office before, radiation and chemo was not something I was going to put myself through. God blessed me with two beautiful children and I figured, in His own way, he's telling me that's all I'm allowed to have. I made the decision of a full-hysterectomy. My husband also agreed with my decision.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Hot flashes

    Side Effects

    Oh my goodness I thought my feet were on fire! The first week was fine and the doctor chuckled at first. He said in time I'll ask for something. In the meantime, he didn't prescribe any medication until he was sure I needed it. I didn't use any vicodins after surgery and the over-the-counter Tylenol was enough to suppress the pain. I was fine and recovered well....until two weeks later when my feet were burning up and I literally put ice cubes wrapped in towels, gel packs, and frozen packs of vegetables on my feet to keep them cool.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    It's now 2012 and everything is A-okay. I am trully blessed.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Stage IV

    Decision Point

    My doctor gave me options and what the consequences would be. He also informed me that the likelihood of the cancer metastasizing into a Stage IV if I decided to not do anything about it. I've seen various cancers at Stage IV from working in an oncology office and I definitely do not want to go through that. It was not a difficult decision and I'm glad I decided on a full hysterectomy.

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