Fear and Anxiety

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


  • corinax639
    corinax639 Member Posts: 3
    I was also diagnosed with 1B Cervical cancer on September 6, 2006. I was scared out of my mind and thought the cancer was spreading. Since I had the cold knife conization to confirm the cancer, I had to wait 6 weeks before the hysterectomy. The waiting is the hardest part of the entire process. I had a radical hysterectomy on October 16, 2006 and was extremely nervous. The Dr came in my room 2 days later and told me that all my lymph nodes were clear and the cancer was all gone! I too did not need chemo or radiation. That was the happiest day of my life. It has been over 2 months since my surgery and I am doing great! I want to thank all of you who shared your stories and helped me get through this traumatic experience. This has truely tested my strength and faith in god and has made me a stronger person for it. I want to tell you to keep your chin up and stay positive! God Bless you all.