Jun 14, 2011 - 8:49 am
I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 2002 and had a total hysterectomy. I almost made it to the 5 year mark but found it had spread to my pelvis. When I asked the doctor why he hadn't done any kind of scans to keep a check on it he said "94.6% of the time when the hysterectomy is done, the cancer doesn't return." Doesn't that make me special :) The things you learn as you go through this struggle. They tried radiation, but it didn't shrink the tumor so I had to have a portion of my pelvis removed. That was 2007-then in 2009 2 spots showed up on my Pet/Cat scan. I went in for surgery and they found 12 spots of which 9 were cancerous. Now in May, 2 spots showed up. My doctor told me he's moving his practice to another state so I should look for a new doctor. Well, yesterday, I had a meeting with a doctor at Vanderbilt-I've been replaying parts of the conversation over in my head and don't like the way the meeting went. Things like "Your lucky to be alive, because most women that have recurrent endometrial cancer don't live this long and that you've survived it 3 times now..." and "so since you're here today tells me you want to continue with treatment, but when your spiritual, emotional, physical tells you you've had enough then you need to tell me that" I was taken back by that statement because I am a vibrant, positive person-in fact, when I told my neighbhor that, she said people that don't know me would never know I had cancer and so many challenges because I don't let it control my life.