SunnyCloud's Journey with Cervical Cancer

Survivor: Cervical Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 6 years ago, Female, Age: 47, Stage II

  1. 1
    over 5 years ago
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    Life Changed

    Oh No

    At the end of June I ended up in the hospital. I was told that all was well, only acute pain & heavy bleeding. But, to me that was not normal so I made an appointment with a GYN. The only doctor that would see me with my type of Medicaid, quickly found the tumor. I was a little scared and very saddened by this news.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Biopsy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was expecting a different procedure. I guess fear made me misunderstand my doctor. It hurt SO bad. It felt as if I was in labor. : /

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    over 5 years ago
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    The doctors decided to do both chemo and radiation.

    Decision Point

    The doctor said it was a large tumor (2B stage). I was told that because of the size of the tumor, I was to have chemo & radiation therapy. That was 6 chemo infusions, 6 weeks of external radiation 5xs a week, and finishing it with 6 internal radiation.

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  4. 4
    about 4 years ago
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    Radiation and chemotherapy together

    Radiation

    It wasnt as bad as I thought. I didnt even lose my hair. A year and a few months later I still do experience some side effects. But, they arent hard to live with.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 5 years ago
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    Fertility

    Loss

    Though I knew that another child would not be wise & that I was not a very healthy 40+ yr old woman, part of me held on to that secret wish of having one last child. It was heart breaking to know I would never have another child. And thinking that my womanly parts would be taken made me angry.

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    over 5 years ago
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    Scans

    Procedure or Surgery

    Im claustrophobic so the PET Scan & the MRI were terrifying for me even though I was given meds to calm my anxiety. The PET scan revealed something at my lower back so I was made to endure a 3 hr MRI scan. I have grown used to the CT scans, but still do not enjoy it much.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    over 5 years ago
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    Implant chemotherapy port

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was scared, but it went well. It didnt hurt at any time. Only a little soreness was experienced. But, it took some getting used to. After the 1st week it didnt bother me as much.

    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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    over 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was lucky. I didnt vomit and didnt get as nauseous as I thought I would. I also didnt lose my hair.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    over 5 years ago
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    External radiation

    Radiation

    Both chemo and radiation caused me to feel fatigued. Some days were better than others. I experienced pain in my pelvis area but that was taken care of with midol or prescription medicine. I was also lucky in that my skin didnt become irritated in any way, but it did become darker.

    Painless Experience: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  10. 10
    about 4 years ago
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    Internal radiation (Brachytherapy)

    Radiation

    I still cry when I think of all that I went through with this procedure. Most of all, I am still angry with the lady who caused me to have hematomas from shoving the tube down my throat. After a year and a few months, I experience pain in the area when I get upset or stressed.

    Painless Experience: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    over 5 years ago
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    Hospitalization

    Other Care

    Due to an anesthesiologist not listening or not caring, I ended up in the hospital with hematomas in my throat. I still havent fully recovered from it a week later. An awful feeling not being able to swallow or breathe.

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  12. 12
    over 5 years ago
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    Other

    Side Effects

    I experienced some vaginal bleeding & discharge. My memory became worse than usual and at times I couldnt think straight. I had diarrhea most of the time. Im still having problems with urination. At night I go every hour and it's not just a little. Sometimes, I dont make it to the bathroom, so now I keep a bed pan next to my bed. :( Of course, as Ive mentioned before...I experienced some nausea. At times I do experience hot flashes, chills, & sweats. Doing much better a year and few months later. I can now hold my urine well enough. I feel hot most of the time, sometimes as if I had a fever. I have tingling in feet and legs that get worse if I get cold or upset. My memory improved at one time, but it has gotten worse recently for some reason. That worries me a lot.

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  13. 13
    over 5 years ago
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    Remission

    Celebration

    About 4 months later I am done with treatment & am told there is no cancer. I am surprised to find myself not as happy or relieved as I thought I would be. In fact, I dont know what I should feel or think. I am on the verge of a depression. Many thoughts and feelings and dont know what to do. I especially do not like the fact that I have to worry about cancer coming back...even if I dont want to worry about it. Anywhoooo :( Thanks to God and His love, I managed to get out of the depression soon after. For a while I made it a point to not read anything about cancer. I wanted to live my life without cancer on my mind all the time. I have managed to do that now. :)

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