Mar 25, 2006 - 1:39 pm
After 4 uterine biopsies came back positive for precancerous cells, my gyn sent me to a gyn oncologist. We discussed options, and because I've had 4 DnCs that didn't alleviate a host of other difficulties I have, and after I learned from him that 30 percent of women who have what I had found out they had full-blown cancer after a hysterectomy, I opted for a total abdominal hysterectomy/oophorectomy on 1/26/06.
Well, I was part of that 30 percent. I learned I had uterine cancer, that it was very early and hadn't spread out of the uterus (he checked my lymph nodes and they were clean). I have to go back to the oncologist every 3 months for the next few years to make sure the cancer hasn't come back, but that's it. No radiation, no chemo, and an excellent prognosis. I thank God every day for his blessings on me.
My psychologist has suggested I visit some cancer support groups to help cope with some of the feelings I am going through, but I can't get myself to go because I feel guilty that I got out too "easy." It's like how can I consider myself a cancer survivor because I didn't have to go through "traditional" cancer treatments, like my father, who lost his battle with multiple myloma in Sept. 2004. I have seen what this disease can do, and compared to that, it's like, what the heck am I complaining about?
Just wondered if anyone else out there has any suggestions. Thanks for listening.