"How did womb cancer change my life......this is a question I ask myself everyday day.
I was diagnosed with womb cancer on March 4th 2016 and as they say, it turned my life upside down and I never thought I'd hear those words you have cancer. Actually I'm not sure I really heard them. The consultant was struggling to tell me and by this time I'd guessed.
I was informed that I was booked into have a full hysterectomy on March 17th and they think they've caught it early but couldn't be certain. I was devastated to say the least and had to pull myself as I had to go to department to department for numerous tests.
In the car ride on the way home was the quietest I've ever been. I just sat thinking am I going to die (more tears). Much or Friday and Saturday were pretty much the same. Then I'm not sure what happened but I decided wallowing in self pity wasn't going to get me anywhere. I was given a lot of literature about my condition and decided to kick it under the couch as it was information overload.
I was positive that they had caught it early and I was going to be fine. Telling family and friends was heartbreaking and the sympathetic head tilt was driving me mad. I was put on gardening leave by work and I decided to spend the next couple of weeks cleaning the house and getting out and about.
I met a lady who was due to have her op (for the same reason as me) on the same day, she was very down, she had read all the literature and was away always deep in thought. I tried to bring her back, it was hard and she kept blinking away the tears.
The op came and went, the recovery was tough and after 5 weeks I was told I was cancer free! After 10 weeks I went back to work on temporary reduced hours. Some days are good and some not so good but I am carrying on as normal. I try not to sweat the small things and I'm so grateful for my second chance.
I met that lady 12 weeks later at a MacMillan event and she still wasn't back in work and still not driving and still very down. It made me think, was it my positive attitude that got me through and I think it was. Apart from the menopause, I don't think cancer has changed my life. It was just a blip in life's road! I won't let cancer determine who I am.
I share the message with my friends to get checked if something changes.
I'm sorry if I've rambled on!"
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