My journey started with what I thought were pre-menopausal symptoms. An erractic cycle, spotting and the odd hot flash. Visits to my family doctor and gynecologist + several ultrasounds and a CA125 blood test brought me to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Dr. Marcus Bernardini.
My diagnosis was endometrial cancer and suspected malignancy in the ovaries. I was living with large ovarian cysts that were causing abdominal pain and limiting my wardrobe choices.
Step 1 to my treatment was surgery. I had a modified, radical hysterectomy including the ovaries on March 8. I felt very lucky to have such a skilled and caring surgeon as Dr. Bernardini. The surgery was successful in removing all visible traces of cancer.
The side effects of the surgery were:
- Large warrior scar on my abdomen. Bikini days DONE!
- Hot Flash! I was now in full-on menopause.
- All access to my closet. I dropped 9kg post-op and everything fits!
Which brings the story to NOW! Later on today (Tues May 9) I start radiation therapy for any microscopic cancer cells that could be present and to lessen the risk of the cancer coming back. My treatments will be weekdays for 25 days. Since this will be my life for the next few weeks I plan to do it in style. My positive attitude has gotten me this far and will get me through the rest of my journey. Follow me and watch me FIGHT CANCER WITH STYLE!