I'm sitting here today in disbelief of this past year; Everyone has a story to tell of their struggle, and today I've decided to open up and share mine. In October of last year I went to see a doctor after noticing heavy bleeding that persisted for several weeks. They ran some tests, and then ran some more after a panicked nurse insisted something wasn't right. She wanted more information and so did I. Today I'm thankful for her concern and persistence, it is because of her that finally something conclusive showed up on one of the lab reports. A couple weeks later I received a phone call with a diagnosis of cervical adenocarcinoma.
Sadly cervical cancer is very common in women; I figured they would schedule me for a minimally invasive procedure and I would then be monitored, but this wasn't the case. I was referred to an oncologist for a treatment plan, and in January was officially staged. Although they caught it early my treatment plan was for a partial hysterectomy followed by radiation and chemotherapy.
For the last seven months I have been researching, gathering opinions and help from a team of professionals specializing in gynecological oncology. I took some temporary time off from work to focus on my health and formulate a treatment plan that I too felt was best for my body and my future. If there was any chance to preserve fertility and minimize lifelong complications I wanted to make sure I left no stone unturned.
A few weeks ago my hemoglobin dropped to critical levels and I have since received multiple transfusions. At this point I have decided to move forward to chemo and radiation, but will continue complementary therapy to alleviate the side effects. I have met with many incredible healers in the last seven months: dieticians, therapists, acupuncturists, bodyworkers etc. Some appointments have been covered by insurance, but not all. Needless to say my stress levels have reached an all time high. Its been one thing to face this diagnosis, but coupled with the growing financial burden has been taxing to say the least.
I always express to others the importance of a tribe to carry us through the heavy stuff, and now here I am attempting to take my own advice. I won't be able to go back to work for a few more months, and I'm currently in need of financial assistance for the medical expenses, which have been $2,000 per month. Anything at all helps tremendously. It brings me extreme discomfort to ask, but I feel the need to do so outweighs the pain of my asking. Thank you all for your love and support, especially to those who have been with me throughout this emotional journey. Above everything else I am grateful for my life.
I've been trying to stay strong, think positive, keep my head held high and soak in the gratitude of the lessons pain can bring, but truthfully my energy is stretched thin. So They say you can receive anything if you just ask for it, and here I am humbly asking. Even the smallest gesture would mean the world. Thank you so unbelievably much.
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