GypsyThyme's Journey with Adenosquamous (Mixed) Carcinoma, Cerv...

Survivor: Cervical Cancer > Adenosquamous (Mixed) Carcinoma

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 25 years ago, Female, Age: 46, Stage 0

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    • Experience with Adenosquamous (Mixe...
    over 4 years ago
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    Misdiagnosed

    Oh No

    I was misdiagnosed for 3 years until, by accident/fate, I was diagnosed w/stage 6 dysplasia on and all around my cervical and vaginal walls.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Laser surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I was rushed into surgery 3 days after learning I had cancer. I had no time to think "I have cancer." (Which turned out to be the best for me.) my doctor performed a laser surgery not only removing my cervix, but also hitting & burning out all cells in the vaginal walls. When I woke up, I was given a medication that made me extremely hyperactive & I INSISTED I had to urinate. After I was awake, it was explained that after that extensive of a laser procedure, it's normal to feel pressure in what you think is your bladder but it's just inflammation. I was not prepared for my aftercare. I felt like I had a 3rd degree burn inside my vagina all the way up into the cervix. After a few days of severe cramping, the burnt skin started to slough out. My next step after havi g the doctor check my recovery was to douche with Betadine and warm water mixture. I was NOT prepared to see all the burnt flesh coming out and it smelled like burned flesh as well. Because it was an emergency surgery, the doctor that performed the surgery had only seen me once to talk about the treatment options, second was the surgery. His reaction to seeing me at my first surgery check-up, he didn't recognize my face. I was in the stirrups & he exclaims, "Ohhhh, I remember this cervix!!!" That put me at ease immediately and set the tone for our 20 yr relationship.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    over 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    6 months and the cancer returned fiercely.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Laser surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Since it has only been 6 months, I was ready for the pressure, pain, and recovery.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    Feeling frustrated that, once again, I had to have more surgery.

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    over 4 years ago
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    Laser surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    By now, it's becoming an ever-present element of my life.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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