Hello, I have been a resident of Marlton, NJ since 1991. I have been a faithful reader of your magazine over the years and truly have found it to be inspiring, empowering, and informative. In the last 12 years, I have had 7 forms of cancer, the 1st and 2nd being Ovarian and Uterine. I was told this news the day the world fell apart, on 9/11/2001. The doctor knew going in I had Uterine Cancer but did not know about the Ovarian until surgery and diagnostics were performed. My Uterine was stage 1B, and my Ovarian, much more serious, was stage 3C. I did receive chemotherapy for 6 months, and had no recurrence since.
I also had Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma the same year. In 2007, another area of Squamous Cell Carcinoma was found and, more serious, a diagnosis of Malignant Melanoma. This past February, I was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer and had 6 BCG treatments.
I have always had a positive outlook, and just did what I had to do to get through. I worked full-time through my chemotherapy only missing a few days when it was too tough to get going. I have had wonderful doctors and nurses for the most part, and have lots of stories relating to each event. I am known in my circle of friends as the supportive one and love sharing my stories in the hopes of empowering them, but also to help them help me get through.
In my “why me” stages, I had a friend who said, “Maybe it is not your lesson to learn.” Those words stick with me each day, she is very wise. My dad also had cancer and died fairly young, but I can remember him saying, “I am not going to let this control me, I am going to stay in control.” I also live by that, along with a sense of humor.
I am not sure why I am writing to you, because I really do not know what if anything can come of it, but I was compelled to do so after reading your magazine again, and because another anniversary is just around the corner. Every time I read your magazine I think, “I should write something down about my issues.” I really believe if I read my own story as a different person, I would be inspired about the positive side of dealing with this awful disease. I think if I were to read or hear a person speak to the hope and positive outlook along with the honesty and truth of what really goes on with treatment and recovery, I would benefit.
Have a wonderful day, and thanks for listening,
I cannot thank you enough for the moving e-mail you sent me.
I am in awe of your strength, courage, and positive outlook. I would love to share your inspirational and empowering story with our readers in our next issue.
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