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April 30, 2009 I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer & became cancer-free July 1st after surgery which resulted in a radical hysterectomy w/ a lymphendectomy.
April 30, 2010 I was diagnosed w/ Small Cell Carcinoma of the Perimetrium which brought on Cushing's Syndrome - two differnt cancers & a "bonus" within months of each other
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Last Year's Story began on April 30, 2009. It was the day I received the call from my doctor informing me that I have cancer. I was in the middle of having a lovely lunch with friends on my deck...
I had gone in for my "annual" pap smear. The results of the test came back a few days later and I had a "call back" because of the abnormal results. This prompted a follow-up exam to get a uterine & cervical biopsy along with a colposcopy.
The biopsies went to our lab in Denver, and then were shipped to Mayo clinic for further scrutiny.
My gynecologist, Dr. Berga knows me as a "give it to me straight" type of gal and called me to say I had a form of glandular cervical cancer - only about 15 - 20% of those with cervical cancer have this form.
I was told that I should plan to have a hysterectomy in a few weeks. To determine what kind of hysterectomy will be performed, I underwent another more extensive biopsy on May 14th called a LEEP Cone Biopsy (more info. in Resources).
The results came back on May 20th and I was told there was extensive cervical adenocarcinoma - meaning that the larger biopsy had a LOT of disease and the margins were positive - meaning that the cancer is inside & outside of the cervical lining - completely covering the tissue that was biopsied.
Thanks to a mutual friend, I was able to get a 2nd opinion from a world renown gynoncologist, Dr. Sue Davidson on June 11th. She and her pathologists said that what I have is Grade 2, invasive cervical adenocarcenoma. They suggested that I receive a complete radical hysterectomy w/ lymph node removal as well.
On Wednesday, July 1st, I underwent a radical hysterectomy with lymph node removal (19 total) and I also received a suprapubic catheter that stayed in a few weeks.
Believe it or not, April 30, 2010 I received a call from Dr. Kimball informing me that I now have a NEW cancer (which is mimicking recurrence) called "Small Cell Carcinoma of the Perimetrium" (which is extremely rare - literally only a few ladies in the world have ever had this particular cancer in it's location)
So, here we go again!
To date: I have received 25 doses of radiation, 5 IMRT radiation treatments (also called boosters), and 3 inistitial implant radiation therapy treatments in Santa Clara, CA. I've also have had four rounds of chemotherapy with Etopiside and Cisplatin (15 treatments). Currently I'm in the middle of 6 rounds of Topotecan (30 treatments and counting...) and I've had 9 surgeries.
In June 2010, the small cell triggered what is called Cushing's Syndrome, a horrible disease all by itself. In October 2010, I underwent an adrenalectomy to stop the cushing's symptoms once and for all, enabling me to solely focus on fighting the cancer.
Good news - the tumor is shrinking, we are making progress!
Thank you , thank you for your support, notes of encouragement, gifts, prayers and the numerous, unique ways you choose to bless our family!
"If you see a turtle on a fencepost, it needed help getting there!"
The battle been won. Kimberly is with the Lord now and has conquered this cancer on July 30, 2011.