I seem to always get the same question: "What were your cervical cancer symptoms?" Below you will read cervical cancer stories and women who have fought this disease. I just started this wall of stories of women who have survived cervical cancer as I wanted to honor those who are affected by cancer in anyway. Everyone knows someone with cancer or has been touched by a story. If you would like to be added to the Wall (Faces of Courage) and add your story, I would be more than happy to make an addition. Fill out the contact form link located in middle of the page, and I will post your story. It's important to let other women know that you made it and they can to. The only way to help others, is to tell them what you have been through. These are women who have survived the unthinkable and want to share their journey. There are millions of women who have survived cervical cancer: you can too! You can read about symptoms of cervical cancer or read my cervical cancer story. Science and technology have come a long way and there are those of us who are sharing our story to help you.
MEET THE FACES OF COURAGE
Diagnosed Cervical Cancer 2011
Linda was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2011 and is still battling this disease. Prayers go out to Linda and will continue. This is her story:
I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer in 2011 and under went Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy. I was told it was unsuccessful and that the Tumor was inoperable. I now where a Naphrostomy bag and was told its terminal. The biggest fear of my life was surreal and it devastated me to now have to tell my 4 Children what the doctors have said. I have no support other than my Children and spouse and it deeply saddens me to know my family is not here to support me. I pray to God every night to please help keep me strong enough to continue to fight this fight.
This is Margaret who was diagnosed with cervical cancer stage III. Margaret is still cancer free. Hi! I'd like to share a little bit of my past. My name is Margaret and the worst part about being diagnosed with cancer is not knowing who is going to take care of your children. I thought I was going to die. It's been rough as I'm older than most who have this disease, but I am a survivor. My advice: don't give up.
I was just diagnosed with stage 1b2 cervical cancer on November 1 2013. Just had a radical hysterectomy dec 2. And beginning chemo and radiation in January. The hardest part for me is that I had been to the obgyn 3 years in a row and nothing was ever caught but I changed my doctor this year and she found a mass more than 4cm big. I just don't understand how it wasn't caught before this mess because my new husband and I were just talking about having a child and now that will never happen unless we adopt. I thought as long as I went to the obgyn I would be fine but that's definitely not true in my case.
The warning signs of cervical cancer that I had started about a year ago pain and bleeding during intercourse and getting sick (cold and such) a lot I never got sick before...so I knew something was going on...abdominal pain that felt like menstrual cramping so I chalked it up to that and a lot of fatigue...I also wanted to share that I had a dream about my deceased father who warned me I was not healthy making my suspensions even stronger.
First of all, I have not visited the gynecologist since my youngest child was born. I started having some pain during sex and some lower back pain about 2 years after I had the birth and I thought of going to the gynecologist, but it was just so uncomfortable and seemed reasonable to have female issues since my periods where still hit and miss. I knew that I was supposed to get a pap smear every year, especially since I was only 21 and sexually active; but I was a busy new mom and working when I could. I was experiencing pain again off and on but one day it got excruciating after sex with my husband that I finally made an appointment.
I was diagnosed with stage IIIA cervical cancer after a pap smear and several tests were done. My doctor told me if I would have made my appointment earlier, when I was having signs and symptoms, I would have a better chance of curing this disease. I had to start doing heavy chemotherapy treatments followed later by radiation to shrink the tumor. I then had to wait a month and have a total radical hysterectomy. I wake up afraid every morning that the cancer may return until I am at least 5 years free, but this will haunt me for a lifetime. Maybe things will change later on, I am praying so. Thank you for letting me share my story and I hope it helps someone to know the symptoms of cervical cancer. I wish I would have paid attention to mine and did something earlier. It's only been 6 months and I'm not sure what my future holds.
I started to see a very tiny amount of bleeding in between periods and after sexual intercourse. I thought that It was due to giving birth from years ago. I have always had normal periods with no problems from ever since I started having them. It was time for my routine pap smear and pelvic exam. I explained to my doctor about the bleeding and spotting I was having before, so he was in there a little bit longer than usual which actually kind of put me on a heightened state of of panic.
As he pulls out the clamps, I heard a sigh from him. I did not like the sound at all. He said he wanted to send this smear in right away and he would call me next week with the results. I received a phone call the next day late in the afternoon to come in for a meeting about my results. I was frightened and did not want to go. I had 3 children at home and I'm a single mom. The doctor sat down and told me I had stage IIB cervical cancer and that I had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
It was more frightening because he wasn't saying I would be okay, and he wasn't saying I wouldn't be okay. His words were smooth, but yet crackled. He said he would treat it aggressively and then we'll see what steps are next. I have been cancer free for 12 years and am happier than I ever could have imagined. The cancer actually gave me a different perspective on life and I am more grateful for what I do have than I what I don't have.
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