When I was 21 years old my mom passed from cancer. Over the years I lost other family and friends to cancer. In todays world there is not one person that has not lost someone to cancer. We can all agree that cancer sucks.
In June of 2023 I lost two family members to cancer which reinforced my belief that cancer sucks. Then in July of 2023 I found out that my sister has breast cancer (the pink in the ribbon). A week later I found out that I have fallopian tube cancer (the turquoise in the ribbon). Now I know that cancer sucks, and does not play fair.
I have multiple friends that are fighting cancer, different types at different stages. We are all supporting each other in our treatments, and our fight.
My cancer story so far...
How People have asked me what symptoms did I have. I wish I could say that I recognized all the symptoms for what they were, but I did not. In fact I thought that the symptoms where just my body getting older. I was blessed with a Dr. that knew the symptoms, and she knew what to do. I can see multiple blessings along the way.
I thought I was leaking urine because my bladder was beat up by my multiple pregnancies, I mean we all hear the stories of women getting older and having a leaky bladder. I did not say anything to the Dr. It was not until I had a period. You see I was postmenopausal, and when you are postmenopausal you do not have any bleeding.
I asked my Dr. for another hormonal test because I think it was wrong. Her eyes got huge when I told her that I was bleeding. She ordered an ultrasound, and in just over a week I had the results back. There was a mass in my uterus and cervix, and there were a couple of nodules on my ovary (I had my other ovary taken out years ago because it was a cyst).
It was a Friday, and my Dr. sent a referral over to a GYN (female Dr.). I had a phone call by noon, and had my appointment on the following Monday for a GYN Oncologist. I felt numb. How could it be cancer. It seemed that since my mom passed from cancer I just knew that I would get cancer. I did all the "tests" and it did not show up.
At my appointment on Monday the Dr. took a biopsy. That biopsy came back as a "carcinomasarcoma" a really bad cancer. It is hard to fight, and spreads quickly. I had no idea what to feel or how to act. "I had cancer".... "I HAVE cancer" What does that mean? What is going to happen? Hasn't our family been through enough with my husbands rare mitochondrial disease, and me with my heart failure in 2019/2020? How could this be happening? These and many more questions went through my brain.
My rattail hysterectomy was scheduled for August 11. The Dr. took everything, cervix, uterus, ovary and fallopian tubes. Everything was sent off to pathology. After the surgery the Dr. came in and told me that I also had overran cancer. How in the world could I be fighting two cancers? But we where in for a surprise.
When the pathology report came back, and had a surprise in it. It turns out that there is only carcinoma. It seems that all of the sarcoma was cut out for the first biopsy. What a blessing, all I have left is the easy stuff to fight. Then the Dr. told me that I have fallopian tube cancer that spread to the ovary, uterus, and cervix, but did not leave the abdomen. What a huge blessing, they caught it at stage 2A. They also think they got it all out in the surgery, but we could do Chemotherapy just to make sure. I have done one session, and have five more to go. They are 21 days apart.
Oh, remember when I said I had a leaky bladder, well after the surgery I have not had any "leakage". Turns out that this also was a symptom.
So, it you have something in your body that does not seem right, that is out or "your normal" go get it tested. Had I not said something about the bleeding how long would it have taken for them to find the cancer?
Oh, and my sister has had her surgery, and it undergoing radiation therapy.