This is my story...
I knew I always wanted to have a family of my own. It was the ONE thing I ALWAYS knew I wanted. Steve and I waited 5 years after we got married to start trying to have a baby. After 18 months, nothing. My doctor sent me to a fertility clinic where we started the process of having a baby with medical help. On February 7, 2011 I had a "procedure" to fix what was wrong. I was excited that our long journey to parenthood was within reach. I could see it, feel it... and then with one word it was ALL GONE... Cancer!
On February 9th, 2011... just 2 days after my procedure my pathology report came back with unexpected results... Grade 2/3 Uterine Cancer. They didn't know what stage, but they knew that is was aggressive... They told me that "Yes, you can get pregnant and have a baby, but you probably won't live to see that baby go to kindergarten." So, I had no choice but to sign on the dotted line and purposefully give my biological right, as a woman, to have babies away... for Cancer.
People keep telling me "You'll be fine." "It'll be alright."... But, this will NEVER BE ALRIGHT or FINE... Something HUGE was taken from me by a disease I wasn't even supposed to get at my age. They don't even screen for uterine cancer until you're 35 years old... that wasn't even for another 3 years. If we hadn't been trying to have a baby, I probably wouldn't have survived to be 40.... AND THAT IS DEFINITELY NOT ALRIGHT!
I 2 Y - I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation Inc wrote -
70,000 Americans between 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. That's one every eight minutes. This is not OK!
The OMG! Cancer Summit is the premiere oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement. A program of the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, the OMG! Cancer Summit, now in it's 5th year, has become a pivotal healthcare event that inspires thousands of survivors, cargivers and providers—along with scores of academic, advocacy, research and support organizations—to get organized, build community and unite as one to drive change.
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