I AM A 60 YEAR OLD WOMAN WITH THREE GROWN KIDS AND 4 GRAND KIDS. I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THROAT CANCER ABOUT A MONTH AGO. I AM SCARED ABOUT THE SURGERY. MY MOTHER HAD THE SAME SURGERY AND ONLY LIVED ABOUT 2 YEARS AFTER. MY DAUGHTER GOES WITH ME TO ALL MY APPOINTMENTS BECAUSE SOME OF IT JUST SEEMS UNBELIEVABLE TO ME. SO SHE ASK THE QUESTIONS AND HAS TO STEADILY REPEAT THEM TO ME. I AM A DIABETIC AND A HEART PATIENT. MY SURGERY IS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 6, 2009. I AM NOT REALLY SURE WHAT TO EXPECT. I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN TOLD BY SOMEONE I CAN'T BE AROUND ANIMALS. MY CATS ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST LOVES OF MY LIFE. I CAN'T IMAGINE NOT BEING ABLE TO HAVE THEM. WE WILL FIND OUT ALOT MORE INFO TOMORROW, MY DAUGHTER SET UP A SECOND OPINION FOR ME. I HAVE HAD A VERY FULL AND GOOD LIFE. I HAVE WORKED SINCE I WAS 10 AND IRONED PEOPLE'S CLOTHES FOR MONEY. EVERYTHING I HAVE I HAVE EARNED. I AM SCARED OF THE THOUGHT OF NOT TALKING, AND NOT BEING ABLE TO SWALLOW. I AM TRYING TO FIND SUPPORT GROUPS IN THE MISSISSIPPI/ TENNESSEE AREAS. IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION AT ALL OR HAS BEEN THRU WHAT I AM FIXING TO GO THRU PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXPEREINCE WITH ME. I WILL FIND IT COMFORTING TO KNOW I AM NOT ALONE.
My name is Nuria, I've been cancer free for more than six months now.
I was diagnosed two years ago with stage IV cervical cancer, I've been through it all, chemo, radiation, 9 surgeries...most of them to deal with all the damage from radiation, and I still have 2 more to go.
I am 35 years old now, and even though this experience does not define ME....it has definitely touched me and my family...life has always been amazing, and a stupid little thing like cancer ain't gonna stop this girl.
So when asked to tell my story, I rather talk about the fight, the taste of success, and the sense of accomplishment than medical details and procedures I had done.