Cervical Cancer 2008
Renal Carcinoma Kidney cancer 2011
My life changed in the spring of March 2008. It started with me passing out and hemorrhaging which required a 48 hour blood transfusion. The doctors at the ER were shocked that I had not gone into cardiac arrest with all my blood loss. I was sent to a specialist to evaluate my condition. At first glance, they assumed it was fibroids which would require me to schedule a hysterectomy. During this examination, the doctor decided to do a rush biopsy on the tissue but scheduled the hysterectomy for the following week. The very next day I received the dreaded phone call to rush back to the doctor so she could give me my biopsy results. “Melissa, I have cancelled the hysterectomy and referring you to an oncologist at St. Judes. You have cervical cancer.” the very next week were appointments with oncologist, ob/gyn and a radiologist. I was diagnosed with stage 2b inoperable cervical cancer at age 33. My treatment regiment was chemotherapy every Monday for 8 hours, 33 sessions of radiation Monday through Friday and 5 sessions of brachy therapy ( surgical radiation). In October of that same year, after my treatments were completed, I was told that I had beat the beast and my tumor was completely gone!
During a routine scan, in January 2011, at age 36, they found that I had renal carcinoma, kidney cancer. I was sent to USC Norris Cancer Center. Unlike the previous cancer, this one WAS operable. I underwent a 5 hour surgery where they removed 10% of my kidney and were able to remove the entire tumor. I will not require radiation or chemotherapy this time which is a blessing. Cancer has changed me in so many ways. I am a better, stronger and more appreciative person. It has taught me what people are important to me and how precious life is. If cancer crosses my path again, I will only do what I know how to do and that is to FIGHT! I am and always will be a SURVIVOR!
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