BENEFITING: 3 LITTLE BIRDS 4 LIFE
I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the cervix at the beginning of this year. How I felt the moment I found out I had cancer is hard to describe; it was almost as every possible feeling rushed over me at the one moment. As I struggled to concentrate, my doctor said words like aggressive and rare. These words I didn't want to believe. As I continued to find out more about my cancer, we discovered it had spread to the lymph nodes in my pelvic region; therefore, my treatment plan didn't include surgery, instead I would undergo 30 rounds of external radiation, 6 rounds of internal radiation and 6 rounds of concurrent chemotherapy. As a working mother my idea of daily tasks had been shattered and replaced with daily trips to the hospital, and tests and procedures that I never knew existed. I completed treatment in March of 2013, almost abruptly. My liver was not responding well to the chemotherapy and the doctors thought it was in my best interest to end the treatment and investigate this issue. This is where I am at now. Throughout my cancer experience I have learned a valuable lesson which I will carry with me, cancer does not change you, however, the people in your life that step up for you and shower you and your family with love and support make you want to fight harder so that you can give back so unconditionally one day.