How my story begins: I was living life to the fullest. I had found my soulmate and had my children at a very young age. I opened my preschool by the age of 30 and I just worked and strived to be the best. My immune system was immaculate due to being in the childcare field and I never went to the doctor because I felt fine.
In October of 2016, I began bleeding during sex. I had opened a second preschool and could not take time to go get checked out. In the end January of 2017, my husband and I made the decision to close the 2nd school. After tying up loose ends and dealing with tax prep and everything else but taking care of myself, I finally went for a Pap test on May 22nd.
How I felt after diagnosis: At first, I was shocked, crushed, and ready to fight with God on my side. But when the battle didn't begin right away, I started researching and created a lot of anxiety and even more questions.
Telling my family and friends: I told my husband first and we told the kids. As soon as the kids knew, we began to share our story. I am glad we did because it sent women in my circle to get their exams and we began to grow a huge support system.
My treatment: My tumor was small enough to be removed through a radical hysterectomy and I was told I would not have to do chemo and radiation. I had my hysterectomy on August 1st and then found out 3 weeks later there was a lymph node that was involved. To be safe, my doctor decided to have me do 5 weeks of chemo and radiation.
How I felt after treatment: After treatment was the worst for me. I ended up admitted into the hospital and needed blood transfusions. My ovaries had an abscess so I required another surgery and 30 staples and, of course, more recovery time. Four weeks later, I was admitted back into the hospital with pain and vomiting. They found a pocket of fluid and had to place a drain in my side. I spent another week in the hospital.
What was most difficult for me: In the very beginning, when I didn't have answers, and at the end, when I was too weak to fight strong. I had people that had to be with me 24/7. I wasn't able to even wipe myself or shower without help.
What I did to help myself: Lots of prayer and also making this about a fight for my life and a passion to win!
My life after cancer: I am still healing. My hips are very sore, i think from the radiation. I have to wear a pantyliner always because my bladder muscles are weak and I have to be near a bathroom after I eat. But that is improving each day.
Where I am today: I am still not back to working full-time. My immune system is bad now and I get sick easily. I am getting better each day though.
What I want other women to know: Take time for yourself and have your exams, even if you feel fine. Sometimes we get in the drive of mommy and work and we neglect ourselves. Its not worth it! I have exams every 3 months now because I didn't go every 3 years.
How I will try to help others: I share my story a lot! I encourage women to have their Pap tests. I also answer questions of newly diagnosed women on a cervical cancer support Facebook page. I don't wanna waste my pain.
Any additional information you'd like to share: I never knew how loved I was until I got cancer. If you keep your feelings to yourself, you can't create that support system. Share your thoughts and feelings. It's okay to be mad and question God. He understands your heart. He never left me and he will never leave you!