I just wanted to share with you all my story. As some may know, I was diagnosed with cervical pre-cancer about ten years ago. I had it removed just as it was starting to stage and have been cancer free for 9.5 year…. until December 2017 when following a hysterectomy they found I had had a couple of endometrial tumors which were cancer. It was lucky for me that the tumors were found. So often most female reproductive cancers go undetected because the symptoms can be mistaken for other things and there are no conclusive tests that show just these cancers.
The tumors that I had were at Stage 1a which for most endometrial cancers means that they have not spread outside the uterine wall. However, the larger of the two tumors I had consisted of 70% serous component. This means there is a small chance the cancer could have spread to the lymph nodes.
The protocol for this type of cancer is chemo and radiation because there is a high risk of recurrence. As of right now, when my chemo begins I will have 6 rounds spaced 3 weeks apart. Once the chemo is completed I will then have radiation.
With endometrial cancer there is a risk of secondary cancers developing later which include breast cancer and colon cancer.
Fast forward 13 weeks to March 14 with me having my port put in. The next week was the PET scan and then my chemo will begin most likely around the first of April.
So far one of the hardest things I have done is to actually call the American Cancer Society with questions of my own. It is much different knowing and passing that 1-800 number to others and calling it yourself.
But because I called I was able to get some information to help me with finding the right doctor. I am also already registered for the Look Good Feel Better program should I need help coping with hair loss and skin changes during chemo.
And because of the work we do sharing the information about the services provided by the American Cancer Society to help people like me and the money we raise to fund these programs and services- like Look Good Feel Better – are why I Relay.
Sandie Slate (Sandie Loxingly)
P.S. If you’d like to make a monetary donation to the American Cancer Society, here’s a link to my Relayer page. 🙂