Maris S., New York
"I have been followed for
endometriosis for the past 15 years. My ob/gyn always does an
abdominal ultrasound when I have my yearly pap smear. This year, I
had some abnormal bleeding, and he was concerned about uterine
hyperplasia. That biopsy was negative; then my pap came back
abnormal, but the repeat pap was ok. THEN we did the ultrasound,
and, oops! 'something' was there that wasn't there last year.
I went for an MRI, and the 'thing'
was a part-cyst/part-mass, so it was off to the gyn/oncologist for a
consult. We decided on a hysterectomy and I was very busy denying
any chance of it being actual cancer because I just don't do cancer,
don't you know?
[The day of my surgery,] I went
under at 8am and woke at 3:30PM. One look at the clock and I knew
the big C had reared its head... at least I was prepared for that
hysterectomy! Well, after much crying and freaking out, I got the
news that it was stage 2, and it was out of me. Still, I had 6
cycles of chemo, (carbo/taxol cocktails anyone?) which I did not
handle that well. But it's over now, and I'm recuperating. I still
have some neuropathies...and lots of anger that this happened.
I have a husband and a 10-year-old
daughter who were wonderful, but now as I'm ready to take part in
the family again I still find my feet hurt, or my energy is just
gone, or I can't look at food, or whatever. However, I'm very busy
visualizing my way thru this (I really found that visualization has
helped me the most)."
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