I've never posted on any kind of forum before but here I am. I'm 40 years old, in Australia and was last week diagnosed with Stage 2b cervical cancer that has moved into the lymph nodes in my pelvis and abdomen (but nowhere else as yet). My last pap smear in 2015 was all clear but I'm now told that must have been a mistake as I have a 7cm tumour on my cervix. Like many of you, I have had no symptoms and this has just hit out of the blue. I've spent the last week having PET, MRI and CT scans as well as a day in hospital for examination under anaesthetic.
I'm starting treatment next week, and it seems to be the standard for this type of cancer - 28 radiotherapy sessions, 6 low dose chemo sessions and then a couple of days in hospital for brachytherapy. The doctors seem cautiously optimistic that the treatment will cure me, but have warned that due to the lymph node involvement, I'm at a much higher risk of the cancer returning somewhere else in the future. I got the impression it's a 'when' rather than an 'if' situation.
I'm not sure what to say or ask for but I guess I'd like to find out if there are any other women out there that have been through the same thing. I'm absolutely terrified. The only thing that has managed to calm me is support from my friends and family and reading the supportive and encouraging posts on this forum.