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To the newly diagnosed patient

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To the Newly Diagnosed Patient


Let me start off by saying I am a 6-year, stage 4 survivor!!  I am sure you are a ball of emotions right now, which I completely understand and I can relate. You are scared, nervous, don’t know what the next day will bring, etc., but you are stronger than you think AND can handle whatever is tossed your way!!

It will not be easy, but the results are worth it. I was diagnosed July 22, 2013 just one month after my 40th birthday.  I had an emergent radical hysterectomy the same day, because the tumor was pressing on my bladder causing me horrible pain. My primary diagnosis was uterine cancer that spread to both ovaries and my omentum.  I was staged at stage 4b (still don’t know what the B means). I started my chemo on August 15. I was given Taxol, Carboplatin and Avastin for 6 rounds and then 1 year of Avastin only for a total of 18 months.

I had my share of ups and downs through my 18 months of chemo but never lost hope. I cried rivers of tears, and trust me, you will too.

Some people along your journey, such as family and friends won’t know what to say to you so they will say stupid things. That is expected.

Some family and friends will become distant because it’s too hard for THEM to see you this way. That is expected.

Some family and friends will try too hard to be there for you and you will need to tell them, I need my space. That is expected.

I lost my hair after my first treatment, I have always had short hair, so prior to my treatment I kept cutting it shorter and shorter so when it came out it wasn’t so drastic. I suggest you do the same, trust me it will be easier. When my hair finally all came out my scalp was very, very sensitive. Cold wash clothes that I wet and placed in the freezer were the only thing that helped.

I am not trying to tell you all this to scare you, but to be realistic of your upcoming months.

I want to be your person you can contact anytime if you need to, just someone to listen to your fears and dreams or someone to listen to you cry. I have been there. I know your fears and have cried your tears, but I promise you can handle anything thrown your way. After you’re done with treatment. You will become sort of a superhero!!!!

6 years later I celebrate my birthday ANDmy anniversary date!  

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