I was diagnosed with cervical cancer just after my 30th Birthday. I was lucky in my diagnosis that I only required a radical techelectomy. The op went well and I’m pleased to say I have been cancer free for almost 4 years.
Following the operation however, I had problems with scaring which caused the opening to my womb to seal over and prevent me from having periods and ruining any chance of getting pregnant. Following a number of correction operations they made the decision to remove my stitch.
Following IVF (with extreme low chances of success) I fell pregnant. My husband and I were overjoyed but knew we had a long way to go.
At 11 weeks I experienced heavy bleeding which continued for a few weeks. My consultant advised that this was due to a low attached placenta and had nothing to do with my past health history.
At 12 weeks we went ahead with planned surgery to replace the stitch they had removed prior to the pregnancy.
At 20 weeks my waters broke and we subsequently lost our beautiful baby boy. I also contracted sepsis and spent a couple of weeks in hospital.
I have heard a few similar stories, however a radical trachelectomy seems to be quite rare and so there isn’t much information out there.
Our consultant is very good, however I seem to be such an individual case. I know there must be others out there going through something similar and wonder if there is doctor out there joining all the individual cases up?
Im finding it hard to believe that both the bleeding and infection was just bad luck and not consequences of my cancer treatment.
We now have to come to the hard decision as to whether we try again. As much as I’m desperate to be pregnant again I can’t go through losing another baby.
Has anyone else had a radical tracheotomy and experienced difficulties in pregnancy? Or been successful and had any additional care through the pregnancy?
I hope that no one else has had to go through this, but I thought it might be worth asking.