May 25, 2001 - 11:48 pm
My earliest symptoms were pain when having intercourse, followed by rectal pain when sitting, and eventually rectal bleeding and a swollen lymph node. Unfortunately I waited seven months before seeing a doctor, and by that time my bowel movements we coming through the vagina. I was taken to the ER and admitted immediately. I had a malignant tumor the size of a grapefruit between my vagina and rectum. Two weeks later I had colostomy surgery, then radiation and chemo and more surgery. However, it wasn't until after the major surgery that they finally diagnosed it as vaginal cancer. Until then, doctors weren't sure where it originated. Just a reminder to never ignore any symptoms, and don't put off seeing a doctor!!