Jan 27, 2014 - 5:39 pm
I was diagnosed in November of 2013 with uterine cancer after several irregular pap smears through a period of about four years. I was incredibly stupid, ignoring a bloody discharge from my body for months, then one day waking up with clots and clots of blood which finally drove me to my gyn doctor. She sent me to a women's clinic and they did a biopsy from my uterus and advised me to seek an oncologist surgeon immediately. I had a radical hysterectomy, removing all female parts and the lymph nodes in the abdomen area were also biopsied. The serous cancer cells had eaten through the uterine wall and muscle and were found on the surface of the uterus and one fallopian tube. A saline wash revealed more of the serous cancer cells present in the abdominal cavity.
I have been procrastinating about starting the chemotherapy for personal reasons and reasons relating to insurance obstacles and money issues. I will be 69 in March and I thought I would never have to face this "C" word because as far as I know, there is no history of female cancer in my history.
I will probably have my first chemotherapy in February and I need some input from anyone who has faced this and what I can expect to have happen to my body. I have been on leave of absence from my job for months because of a broken foot and now this horror looms before me and I don't know how I am going to get through this alone. I have no family to depend on, although I have two older sisters but they live a thousand miles away and are both dealing with husbands who are very ill and in one case incapacitated so they don't even seem to be aware of my situation. And there would be little or nothing they could do in any case.
My advice to anyone reading this is please please if your body is trying to tell you it is sick ....... listen. If I had gone to the gyn when the discharge first started I might have a better prognosis.
I live in Arizona, and thank goodness for the sunshine most every day.