jaynamom's Journey with Cervical Cancer

Survivor: Cervical Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 16 years ago, Female, Age: 47, Stage IIB

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    • Experience with Cervical Cancer
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Six months after the birth of my son during my annual checkup. I had always gone each year for my pap smears so I was very shocked and angry.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Radical hysterectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    My tumor was spreading towards my bladder so my GYN oncologist had to look inside my bladder for cancer. That required that I keep a catheter in for 4 weeks after surgery so my bladder could heal properly.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Not Specified
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 4 years ago
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    Leave my ovaries or remove during hysterectomy

    Decision Point

    That would put me in instant menopause but my GYN ONCO was concerned the radiation would make them quit working anyway. We decided to remove them to prevent any problems with them in the future.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    Radiation was horrible. Burned my skin and made walking and trips to the bathroom painful.

    Painless Experience: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Tolerated my cisplatin treatment quite well. Completed 6 weeks along with my radiation. The best part was I did not lose my hair!

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    August 2001 I finished my treatment and would begin 5 years of pelvic CT's every 6 months. I truly despised that barium I had to drink for every test. That was a small price to pay to celebrate NED.

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