haven't posted on here for a while as I've been so busy with treatments!
wow, what a hectic past 4 weeks it has been as well. I am 23 and was diagnosed with CC staged 1b1 after I went to the doc to tell them about abnormal bleeding between periods. Not for one minute did I think it was the C. I had hoped to have a Trachelectomy and thought the worst case was that I was going to be told I would have had to have a hysterectomy. To my horror I got told the worst news ever and that I was to have radiotherapy everyday for 4 weeks & 4 chemo's (cisplatin) oh and 2 bracytherapys!! I'm very lucky as I already have a 20 month old daughter however I'm 23 & being told I would no longer be able to have children has crushed me. If it wasn't for my daughter I don't know how I would have coped through these past 3 months (was diagnosed 25th feb) ... I have done though, I started radiotherapy & the chemo, at times it was hard, I was so tired on some days I literally felt like I couldn't even talk it was that much of an effort lol. Also the chemo side effects kicked in always about 2 days after I actually had it, I managed to keep the sickness at bay with medication & I found eating salty foods helped, eating really did help. Also drinking lots of water. One of the chemo side effects are temporary loss of hearing and oh my it was like my head was under water constant which was so frustrating. As for the radio, they say your skin is effected and can get sore but mine has been fine, I used aquaous (not sure how to spell it) i everyday around my pelvic area and I did that from day one so maybe that helped me there. Also the bowel situation wasn't too bad I had a week where I went more frequent & a lot looser but I think your bowels get used to it & it has settled now but they do give you medication for that if you have problems. Also they say your vagina can hurt but mine isn't at all! So what I'm tryying to say ladies is if your about to go through treatment like this, be prepared for the worst but hope for the best because not everyone is the same & you may or may not experience all of those scary side effects. Because I know I was so scared & I can't actually believe I'm touch wood feeling great considering today I had my last radiotherapy yaaaaaaaaaaay :-) there was times when I thought I wasn't going to make it to today but I did. i now have a week off and I'm in next Tuesday for my first brachytherapy. 19 hours in a room on my own and I am so scared its untrue, I'm scared of the pain it may cause & I'm scared I'm not going to be able to lie still for 19 hours? Any advice is truly welcome.
Lots of love Sophia xxxx