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By Lisa Gaskin
My cervical cancer journey began in late July 2001, when after 11 years of marriage, at the age of 34, I got expecting by accident. I state “by accident” since we were “waiting to be economically secure.” In hindsight I now recognize unless you hit the lottery a lot of typical people are never truly economically secure!
I went to my Ob/Gyn for my preliminary pregnancy see as well as they did a routine Pap. I had no hint what HPV was, let alone that my life was about to change.
A few days later the physician called to state she needed to see me, my Pap came back abnormal (ASCUS), they needed to do one more test as well as there was a danger of miscarriage connected with it. She complied with up with “Oh as well as by the method you have an STD, it’s called HPV as well as 80% of women today are walking around with it.” My jaw was on the floor as well as I was mortified beyond words. Pe mine? A STD? CE?
I left the office in shock. I drove house trying to compose myself to ensure that I might figure out exactly how to tell my husband. Mind you, I still had no concept I had cancer.
Mid-November, I got the very first offered visit with a physician who was ready to do the risky colposcopy (ah! it had a name now) on a expecting lady as well as we made the visit for December 12, 2001.
I shown up armed with the words my Ob/Gyn said, “It is just a test to see your cervix, there won’t be a biopsy, you are fine, don’t worry.” The physician came in with a nurse as well as explained the procedure as well as the side impacts as well as what to enjoy for as far as issues considering that I was pregnant. She likewise joked that I shouldn’t be there just for ASCUS, as well as stated considering that I appeared like a deer trapped in headlights that the nurse might stand up by my shoulders as well as hold my hand to calm me down if that would Ajutor. As soon as she got the speculum in as well as swabbed the acid option around she looked at the nurse as well as stated to both of us at the exact same time that she needed the nurse down with her. I got a bit panicked. The nurse went down with the physician as well as the physician asked if the nurse might see what she was checking out as well as the nurse stated yes. The next thing I understood the physician had taken a biopsy as well as I understood ideal then as well as there I had cancer. She stated the results would be back in about a week as well as her office would phone call me.
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On December 26, 2001 I got a phone call from the physician who told me that I had cancer as well as that she wished to see me as soon as possible. My other half as well as I went to see her as well as she painted a horrible picture. I had the rarer of the two type of cervical cancer you can have. We thanked her extremely much for her time as well as we left. We called everybody we understood as well as networked for a physician who might do a second opinion.
After a second viewpoint at Memorial Sloan Kettering, we ended up at NYU. The physician there did one more colposcopy as well as told us that the pregnancy saved my life. He stated the cancer was so far imbedded in my cervix that by the time they would have discovered it I would have been stage IV. He told us he would try to get me to 34 weeks, at which point the perinatologist would do a c-section as well as he would promptly comply with with a radical hysterectomy.
I had an amnio ideal before my kid was born to see if his lungs might manage being born early. My kid grabbed the needle as it went into my stomach. The physician might not believe her eyes as she enjoyed him do it. The fluid they took out suggested that his lungs might manage it.
March 13, 2002 — D-day or must I state C-day? At 9:36 am, my beautiful, redheaded, miracle infant kid was provided by c-section as well as my radical hysterectomy began. I was awake for all five hours of surgical treatment under an epidural only. I laughed as well as joked while they were cutting, “I want to see my uterus” I said. “Can you do stomach tuck while you are down there?” Am întrebat. They laughed as well as provided me a lot more drugs; I woke up in the healing room, uterus gone however ovaries intact.
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Fast ahead 9 days. Copilul meu la fel de bine sunt acasă. Mama mea este cu noi. Sunt în alăptarea rockerului, precum și în sună de telefon. Ea îi răspunde – rezultatele biopsiei mele: marjele vaginale clare, ganglioni limfatici clare, fără cancer, fără tratament suplimentar. Plâng lacrimi tăcute de fericire la fel de bine ca și cum mă agit. Telefonul Oprah îl numește „strigătul îngrozitor”. Mama îi spune asistentei că trebuie să se agățeze, deoarece nepotul ei are acum un milkshake, deoarece plâng și tremurând atât de tare.
În mai 2007, am obținut rezultatele de la inspecția mea de 5 ani. Eram bine. L -am numit pe copilul nostru „Matei” – indică „dar de la Dumnezeu” – într -adevăr!
Opt ani mai târziu, sunt, bat pe lemn, încă cancer complimentar cu un fiu minune grozav. Încă aștept pe celălalt pantof să scadă, întrucât o mulțime de persoane de cancer pe care le -am mulțumit mi -au spus că o fac la fel de bine, cu toate acestea nu o las să intre în metoda de a -mi trăi viața la maximul ei absolut.
După ce s -a născut copilul meu, am descoperit un sprijin grozav pe internet de la o doamnă pe nume Tamika Felder, care a produs Tamika & Good Friends după propria luptă cu cancerul de col uterin. Deși nu am satisfăcut -o decât după calvarul meu de cancer, ea a sfârșit prin a fi o bună prietenă, pot să mă pot transforma indiferent de situație.
Pe 25 septembrie 2010 voi participa la evenimentul Walk to Beat The Clock pe care Tamika & Good Friends îl sponsorizează în New York. Vino alături de noi pentru a ajuta la îmbunătățirea înțelegerii, precum și a fondurilor pentru a pune capăt acestei boli oribile. Pentru o mulțime de informații, consultați www.walktobeattheclock.org – Dacă nu puteți merge la plimbare, puteți susține în continuare Tamika și prieteni buni cu o donație.
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Despre Lisalisa Gaskin deține un licențiat în științe în educația elementară de la Universitatea Speed, precum și un master în știință în educația elementară de la Long Island University. Ea a fost anterior directorul de admitere la Școala Westchester din Long Island, la Dobbs Ferry, registratorul Instituției pentru adulți Scarsdale, precum și directorul Camerei de Comerț Scarsdale. În prezent locuiește în Milford, CT, precum și este mama mulțumită pentru Kid Matthew, 8 ani.
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