AmandaJ's Journey with Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Cervical Cancer

Survivor: Cervical Cancer > Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 10 years ago, Female, Age: 42, Stage IA

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    • AmandaJ
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 4 years ago
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    Conization

    Procedure or Surgery

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    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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    • AmandaJ
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 4 years ago
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    Get pregnant, or have hysterectomy

    Decision Point

    Was thinking about having a second child when cancer was discovered. MD said I could have a second child, but should do it quickly and have hysterectomy immediately following because of aggressive growth of cancer at time of discovery. In the end, I couldn't imagine getting pregnant, having a recurrence during pregnancy, and then having to undergo chemo and/or choose between my own health and my unborn child's well-being.

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    • AmandaJ
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 4 years ago
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    Vaginal hysterectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    • AmandaJ
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 4 years ago
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    Body part/function

    Loss

    Lost ability to have second child. Yes, I'm very lucky to have one, since some people don't even get to do that. But I still sometimes am angry that I never got to live my life according to "the plan."

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    • AmandaJ
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carcinom...
    over 4 years ago
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    5 years cancer-free!

    Celebration

    Overall, I am satisfied with my decision to not have a second child and am happy to be healthy and here for the one child I do have. It still hurts sometimes that my choice didn't feel like much of a choice at the time. And I still have some anxiety once in a while, waiting for the other shoe to drop, to be told that I have a recurrence or some other bad news. But I also have become an oncology nurse since then. I am so thankful that my cancer was found early, that I was spared chemo or radiation, that I have the opportunity to care for such brave and graceful survivors every day. Cancer gave me a different perspective. I like to think that I took more from my cancer experience than it took from me!

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