Mar 19, 2003 - 1:12 pm
I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer at the age of 27, I am 32 now. I had a partial hysteractomy, in 1997, and 7 weeks of radiation to reduce my reoccurence rate to 10%. I leave in fear everday, when I go the the doctors for my 3 months check up I am always afraid he will say its back. I have my CT Scans, Chest X-rays, etc. But I always think it will return, I have dreams often of my funeral, who will be there, dying young, not seeing my grandchildren, etc. I cry often alone, my husband tells me I am okay BUT... One of my symptoms was bleeding after intercourse, I have recently had this symptom again, I have a doctor's appointment on 3/26/03, the nurse told me the bleeding is often a side effect from the scar tissue from radiation therapy and sometime the trauma from sexual intercourse can cause the bleeding. I have continue to smoke not knowing this was one of the risk factors for cervical cancer, I thought it came from some sort of sexually transmitted disease I possibly contracted in my early 20's. Now I am fearful that the cancer has return. Has anyone experience bleeding after intercourse as a result of the radiation treatment etc.?