Almost 6 years now!
In March 2006 I was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer at the age of 34. I had been having abnormal periods for about a year. The first doctor I went to told me I had a hormonal imbalance and put me on birth control pills to regulate my periods. Fortunately I got a second opinion, the second doc told me the bad news so I got another opinion that verified what the second doctor had told me. In April of 2006 I had a partial hysterectomy and was told no further treatment would be necessary based on the stage (1b) my health, age and the type of cancer cell. Three months later I had a recurrence. I hat a 2 cm tumor. I had another surgery, this time removing my ovaries. At the time of the second surgery, it was discovered that the type of cancer cell I had had been misdiagnosed the first time. I was first told I had adenocarcinoma when actually it was clear cell carcinoma, a much more aggressive type. After the second surgery, I had 42 radiation treatments with weekly chemo (cisplatin) and after that I had 6 treatments of carboplatin and taxol. It was a very difficult time, radiation was harder for me than the chemo, but neither was easy. The good news is, thanks to an amazing medical team, I am cancer free today! I was released by my oncologist two months ago (as long as I continue to see the gyno and my regular doc and have yearly blood tests). Cancer didnt beat me and with today's treatments and screening, it doesnt have to beat anyone else! If you are going through it now, my thoughts and prayers are with you, and I sincerely hope you will also one day be celebrating SIX years cancer free!