Jun 24, 2009 - 9:45 am
I just had my 2nd radical vulvectomy on May 28, 2009. My first was on October 9, 2003. I had just passed my 5 year mark when I was diagnosed with a recurrance. How frustrating was that! I lost all my labia and clitoris with the first surgery so there wasn't a lot there for this one. They reconstructed the vulvar area using a gracillis muscle flap from inside my thighs. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks and had the most amazing care! I am in Ohio. My first cancer surgery was at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. My surgery was on a Thursday and they released my at noon on Sunday. Way too soon!! I ended up with a horrible infection because they "forgot" to send me home with preventive antibiotics!!
I am facing radiation this time. I'm worried about that. 5 days a week for 5 weeks! I should find out on Friday this week when that will start. They want to make sure I am healed enough.
This cancer is fairly rare for women of my age (47). Unfortunately, it is starting to become more common. A number of women my age and younger on my online support group have dealt with it.