On October 14, 2016 I went in for what possibly was going to be a life altering event. I had known for about a year that I had a mass growing inside my abdomen. I had been tested early on for endometrial cancer and was given the result of negative. At which time the doctor believed that my mass was just benign fibroids and would have to be removed at some point. I wanted a second opinion. After a couple of visits with the new doctor it was decided that I was to see an oncologist. Upon first visit I was given the news that it would have to be removed immediately. With the news that insurance would not cover the surgery I had to wait for approval from the hospital for financial aide.
The day had come that I was going in for surgery. With preliminary results my family was told that cancer cells were found. The doctor had performed a complete hysterectomy and removed some of my small intestines. They were told that the mass had attached to the wall and blood supply to my small intestine and that part of the intestine was removed during the hysterectomy.
With recovery from surgery being the priority at that point, focus was on healing and waiting on the final pathology report. On November 1, 2016 I went for my follow up appointment and was told by the doctor that I had Stage 3 high grade undifferential uterine sarcoma. The rarest of the uterine cancers. I was told by the doctor that with this cancer he was considered an expert and for him it was still a guessing game. That I would start 3 round of chemotherapy.
On November 8, 2016, I went in to the hospital to have a port put in and have my first round of chemo started.