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rachelpaula
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Joined: Apr 2002

hi. i am currently writing a novel & i need some help. the main character (chloe) befriends her new next door neighbor- a woman w/ cervical cancer. the woman is 29. i was wondering if you guys could explain to me a little more about cervical cancer... symptoms... emotional state... treatment. i would really appreciate your help. please email me at rachelrpa@netscape.net (you could even get your name in a book!)

freebird
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Joined: Apr 2002

HI FRIEND,
MY NAME IS CATHERINE PAPPAS AND WHEN I WAS TOLD THAT I HADE CERVICAL CANCER I WENT IN A SHOCK MODE WHERE I DIDN'T HERE ANYTHING LOUD AROUND ME THE VOICES SOUND FAR AWAY I JUST NEW THAT I WAS GOING TO DIE AND I THINK MORE OR LESS I WAS GETTING READY. THEN WHEN I STARTED TREAMENT OF RADIATION AND CHEMOTHERAPY I PRAYED TO GOD PLEASE LET ME LIVE PLEASE MAKE THIS GO AWAY I SAID TO GOD I WASN'T READY YET I HAD A SON HOME TO GROW UP,AND EVEN THAT I WAS SCARED I THINK I MADE MYSELF STRONG TO FIGHT THIS THING AND LET ME TELL YOU MY BODY MAY BE IN REMISSION NOW BUT THE MIND WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN CONSTANT THINKING AND WORRYING WILL IT COME BACK WILL I DIE THEN AND MOST OF ALL YOU WANT TO TALK TO FAMILY ABOUT IT BUT YOU DON'T BECAUSE YOU THINK THAT DAY WILL NOT UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THEY GO ON WITH THERE LIFE AND THEY TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND WHERE THERE GOING MEAN WHILE YOUR THINKING OF DEATH, BUT THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE LEFT JUST OUR MIND SO WE HAVE TO KEEP BUSY ALL OF THE TIME AND THE ONLY TIME WE REST IS WHEN WE ARE SLEEPING, MAYBE I'LL TALK AGAIN SOON BUY FOR NOW!! CATHERINE PAPPAS

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tlinn
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Joined: Apr 2002

Hello, My name is Terri. I was diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer. It was found while I was pregnant with my second child. Symptoms then was bleeding. After I had her it was continuous bleeding for 3 months. Major back pain, so bad I couldn't sit still. I went to the ER numerous times I had ct's, x-rays, sonograms, and a bunch of blood tests before they figured it out. At first my OB thought it was gangrene. Well finally my primary doctor who was an oncologist figured it out. Thank GOD!!! As far as treatment goes I went through about 6 months of chemo, 6 weeks of radiation and 72 hrs with radiation implants. I have a lot I could tell you but it's to much to write down so if you would like to contact me e-mail me first at maddiecam@hotmail.com. Looking forward to talking to you.
Terri,

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