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I've never done this sort of thing before so here goes....
Back in March 2015 I found out I was pregnant with my 1st baby. Overjoyed to say the least!! However from day one I had bleeding, heavy with clots. I was told it was implantation bleeding, then a miscarriage but I kept doing tests and I was still pregnant. I went for a scan and there was my 6 wk old baby! Heartbeat normal no problems. I was still bleeding. On and on the bleeding went and I'd had a number of scans and the pregnancy was still ok. On closer examination, there was what was thought to be a fibroid on my cervix. Fine, not a problem, means I'll have a c-section, but ok.
This fibroid kept growing and I was still bleeding. I was referred for a colposcopy and then a biopsy was taken. The consultant reassured me that nothing looked suspicious.
Two weeks later I was diagnosed with cancer. Stage 1b2.
I was given the option of termination to have chemo/radiotherapy but I opted for chemo alone to see how I responded. Thankfully I responded well and my tumour shrank. My baby was growing well and the chemo was working.
I noticed my baby's movements were slow and unusual so went for assessment. My baby's placenta had started to bleed and come away from my uterus. My baby was in trouble. I was rushed for emergency c-section and my baby was born at 29 weeks. Small but doing well.
I then underwent a further chemo and it was decided I should have a radical hysterectomy. So I did.
At the end of November 2015 my baby was discharged from the neonatal unit and I was discharged from the gynae ward following my operation.
Just before Christmas 2015, I was given the all clear. Best present ever!
So I'm now 28 years old with a new baby and I've been plunged into the menopause!! Great! Feel very alone and no one knows what it's like!
Later in April 2016 my one and only smear result was recalled from back in 2013. In 2013 I was given a negative/normal result.
However on closer inspection- my smear wasn't normal. It was severe. I had severe dyskariosis at this point which was undetected. If I'd been diagnosed in 2013, I would not of had to have chemo, a premature baby, a hysterectomy and lose my fertility.
Please, if there is anyone out there with a similar story please get in touch. I have great friends and family but no one truly knows what it's like to be in my situation.
I'm currently all clear now of cancer and have a beautiful baby who saved my life.
My scars have healed but psychologically the pain and upset is very much raw.
Sending my love to all you ladies out there. Xx