"The last 3 months has been a real rollercoaster ride; the end of August I went to have a shower, when I got ready I got a pain in my stomach and thought wow that's not right and a few minutes later I started bleeding. It really scared me. I came in the living room and asked my husband to take me to the hospital. He looked bewildered as I don’t ever go to the hospital unless it is with someone else. I phoned my son and he came down straight away, and off we went.
When I got there I didn’t have to wait long before they saw me thank goodness as I was so scared.
After I was examined they decided to keep me in, so the next morning I was taken for an ultrasound scan, where they did an internal scan as well as one on my stomach. I knew that something was not quite right but the lady that did my scan just said the results would go straight to the ward and a Dr would come and see me. I waited about an hour and a Dr did come and told me I could go home but I had to come back on the Thursday for an hysteroscopy. All they told me was that the lining of my womb should be 5mm thick and mine was 26mm thick which was cause for concern. Before I went home I was given lots if information about oncology and about endometrial cancer which really set the bells ringing in my mind.
I went back on the Thursday and had my hysteroscopy and was then given a date to go back 2 weeks later for the results. it was the longest 2 weeks I had ever known; I felt sick and didn’t want to do anything, I was so scared. I was arranging my funeral; making arrangements in my head what I wanted for everyone I just went in to a terrible place feeling so alone even though everyone was there for me. In the mean time I had to have an MRI scan which I had on the Sunday. Well my day came to go back and my nerves were so shattered, and I told my husband I needed to go in to see the Dr on my own as I needed to get my head round what I was going to be told. When I got in the room I saw the oncology nurse in with the Dr and knew then there was something wrong .
The Dr was lovely; he said to me he had no other way to tell me but I had endometrial cancer but he said please let me tell you that it is in its early stages and that he had put me down to have an hysterectomy in 2 weeks which was the 2nd of October. He told me I had to go from seeing him straight for my pre op which shocked me as I thought I would be having to wait longer but it’s a blessing how quick they got me in . I had my op by Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal total Hysterectomy. I was sore when I came round from my op but I coped well with the pain.
I had my op on the Friday and could not believe it I was home the day after. I was scared going home so soon but glad I did. I had to wait nearly 4 weeks for the of the histology results, it was like waiting for a life time but finaly the day came I got my results on the 28th of October. When my name was shouted I felt like running away but new I had to face whatever my fate was going to be. When I got in the room it was a lady Dr I hadn’t seen before and I thought the worst; she asked me how I had been and how I felt. I just said I felt sore but ok and told her my nerves were shattered with the waiting. She smiled and said well I only have good news for you - your cancer has not spread and all lymph nodes were clear so I don’t need any other treatment. I was stage 1a which is very early stages of the cancer. I was overwhelmed by my results and I was told I will have to go back every six months for check ups for the first few years then if things are still ok every 12 months for five years .
I thank god that I had that bleed and knew that it was not something to be ignored. Please any one who reads my story please never ignore bleeding inbetween periods or spotting, or any kind of discharge that you don’t usually have go straight to your Drs. Endometrial cancer is said to be only in women who are either post menopausal WHICH I AM or obese but let me tell you this is so wrong. It is happening to young woman who have never been over weight and young women are really not being taken seriously so please insist that you want to be seen.
Well I would like to thank all my family, all my facebook friends and all the ladies in the WCSUK support group.
NOW MY LIFE CAN START AGAIN."
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xx Kaz xx