I can say 100% cancer sucks.
A few celebrities have died recently due to cancer.
But I’m a cancer survivor.
I remember the day I found out I had cancer. My OB-GYN’S office had left a message. I called back and got my doctors nurse. I asked about my pap smear.
I heard her read off my chart. And she perfectly described stage 1 cancer to a T.
At the time I was Pre-Med. I was actually working at the IU School of Medicine. I had taken biology classes. And when she said those words I said “I have cancer”. And she stuttered. She realized she made a mistake.
I didn’t truly have time to process it by the time I went back to the doctors to discuss options. All I could think was I NEED TO LIVE.
Deciding to take a larger biopsy. By the time I went back to get checked after the biopsy the section taken had doubled in size. I had a fast growing cancer.
So I just said it “remove my cervix”. By the time it was removed over 90% of it was stage 1 cancer.
I didn’t want chemo. I was in college and pretending nothing was wrong. I had to go in and get checked often to see if the cancer spread.
It wasn’t until later on at a college event fundraising for cancer. Each person had gone up and said how cancer had affected them. And I said I was a survivor of stage 1 cancer. And it shocked my friends.
That little secret I had was out.
But not everyone survives cancer.
When I found out he took a turn for the worse I ran out to him. And these photos are how I choose to remember my father.
Cancer has affected my life in various ways. Cancer sucks.
But please get checked for cancer. Don’t ignore anything. You never know what will happen.