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I thought I would write a post about having hope.
I was reading through the posts the other day, and someone pointed out that lots of ladies who are diagnosed with (for example) CIN may post here and then perhaps not again when they receive an all-clear. This is, of course, brilliant news for them, and I'm certainly not being critical. This forum is here to support all who need it. It does mean that the forum may be dominated by stories where ladies end up having treatment of varying degrees.
When we are first diagnosed, it is really, really scary. The waiting for results and being in limbo is hellish. I just wanted to highlight there is hope.
My story is detailed in my signature up to a point.
Following a routine check-up my consultant found a mass in the vaginal vault. On 19 September I was told that an MRI two days previously indicated that the cancer I'd been treated for in 2008 had recurred. This was the opinion of my consultant (whom I have always liked and respected - still do!), a Harley Street specialist and a radiologist. I was told that I would require 5 weeks of chemo and radiotherapy. I was booked in to have the mass removed on 29 September, after which we would talk about the course of treatment.
Off I went, had a general anesthetic, and woke up an hour later. Much to my surprise my consultant told me the mass did not look cancerous, and I am delighted to say that 10 days later the lab confirmed his suspicions. The cancer isn't back. I'm on monthly check-ups for the foreseable future, but I'll take that!
So, four years after diagnosis, I'm still here, and specialists are sometimes wrong.
Good luck girls. Keep the faith, and carry on posting on here. Those of you that give so much support to others are amazing, and make me humble.
Abnormal smear August 2008
Colposcopy 2 September 2008
Diagnosed stage 1b 8 October 2008
Radical hysterectomy and pelvic clearance 7 November 2008
Check-ups every 3 months - all clear
Until 12 September 2012 when lump found in vaginal vault