Endometrial Cancer Survivor
Hi all. I am a 58 year old mom of one grown son. In late August of 2010 after 2 years of NO periods, I started to have slight spotting after using the restroom. I immediately called my family doctor and went in to see her 3 days after noticing the spotting. She ordered a transvaginal ultrasound that following Monday. One week later she called to tell me something showed up on the ultrasound and she wanted me to see a ob/gyn she was referring me to. On Sept. 8th, 2010 I had my first visit with that ob/gyn. After reviewing my test results from the ultrasound he recommended we do a D&C with hysterscope for Sept. 15th. That was fine with me, i just wanted to find out what was wrong.
On Sept. 22nd the gyn called with the pathology report asking that my husband and I come to his office. When we arrived, he sat us down and said, "im sorry sara, but you need a hysterectomy and I am referring you to a gyn/oncologist as soon as you can get in. I was so scared and frightened after he said the word oncologist, my husband had to take care of the rest of the information. He called the university hospital as soon as we got home, and our consultation was set for Sept. 27th. My oncologist and his staff were absolutely wonderful to me. He reviewed my pathology slides my reg. gyn sent him along with all the other test results. He explained the Davinci Robotic assisted hysterectomy and said i was a good candidate for it. At that point, i just wanted it done as soon as possible. His oncology nurse said.."he has an opening this friday Oct. 1st early morning, or not again until October 14th"......without hesitation I said...."lets do it this friday"!!
So at 11am, Friday October 1st i was wheeled into surgery that lasted 4 and a half hours. Everything was taken, including my pelvic lymph nodes with an abdominal washing. I left the hospital early Sunday morning, with an appointment to see my doctor in 2 weeks. Well, one week exactly from the day of my surgery, Oct. 8th, my oncologist called me at home to tell me my pathology report had come back, and his davinci team had just had their weekly tumor conference to discuss my case.
He told me "sara, it was stage 1A, grade 1 and the entire team feels no further treatment is necessary, the surgery was your treatment"! After that sentance, i heard nothing more and handed the phone to my mother who was staying with me. I now am on a every 3 month check up schedule for the next 2 years. If all is clear, i go to every 6 months of check ups for 2 years. If I make it to 5 years with no recurrence, i can then go back to once a year pap and pelvic! My first check up was Tues. Feb. 1st....and the "what ifs" are rearing their ugly head to me. I just want to get thru this first check up....and take it day at a time. My best to all of you who have endured this diagnosis and are continuing the good fight. May God bless us all!!