Uterine Cancer Survivor
I'd been put back on the pill in 2000 to control my heavy periods and cramps after I gave up trying to get pregnant again at the age of 40. In 2005 I had been diagnosed with two small fibroids and the doctor assumed they contributed to causing the monthly problems I was having and the pills would help. By 2007 the cramps kept getting worse each month and although I didn't think about it at the time I was experiencing extremely light bleeding/discharge even when I wasn't on my period. I finally went to my doctor who sent me to a GYN. I hadn't had a pap in two years since everything had been fine on my previous exam. I walked into the GYN's office told my story and he assumed it was "just peri-menopause" although he did decide to do an exam. Well, I was full of fibroids, including what he called "prolapsed fibroids" which had come through my cervix.
He was able to remove one the size of a silver dollar and send it in for a biopsy, while still presuming it would be fine. He did however plan on a d & c and cauterizing my uterus to prevent further fibroids. Flash forward about a week later right before Thanksgiving 2007 to that phone call "you have Adenosarcoma and need a hysterectomy". I reacted exactly like Fran in her book. Then I got down to business and said take out any parts I'm not using. Fortunately it hadn't spread anywhere else yet and was Stage 1 so no chemo or radiation.
I had the complete abdominal hysterectomy, along with the ovaries and tubes being removed. Two and a half years later I still feel like I'm trying to recover from the whole menopause deal but so far no sign of cancer. I take things one day at a time and one foot in front of the other. Fran thanks for the book I really enjoyed and related to it! It's so important to listen to your body and be your own advocate!