I was diagnosed with stage 1 cervical cancer on Sept. 30 2006. On Nov. 7th I underwent a radical hysterectomy and was very fortunate that this surgery got all my cancer. My biopsies came back negative for cancer so I don't have to go through chemo or radiation.
Before my surgery, I was terrified. My mind kept going through all the possible worse-case scenerios, I worried that my cancer had spread and that I might die.
Then, I started doing alot of research online and connecting with many wonderful cancer survivors. Their stories and their hope were such a comfort and inspiration to me; and all my research gave me many hopeful and reassuring answers.
On the day, of my surgery, I was VERY calm and confident that maybe I could really beat this thing. Thankfully, my outcome has been a good one. I'm so grateful to all those wonderful and courageous women out there who helped me through this difficult and frightening experience.
I just wanted folks to know what I did to cope with my fears as I made this life-changing journey.
I now know that there is help and support out there if you just reach out for it. I think I am better equipped now to handle whatever curve balls life throws at me and I know myself better and my own inner strength.
Keep hope and faith in your heart...listen to those women who have been there and back....and give yourself credit for the strong,resilient woman that you truly are!!!
My best wishes to all of you for continued good health and happiness. Pat