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March 25, 2012: I got email from a man who found my site when he was seeking information on cervical cancer for his girlfriend. You can read his email here. I thought it was sweet that he was trying to support her by finding information for her. I know how lonely it can be to go through this, so to hear from a man who wants to be there and help his girlfriend is wonderful! Good luck to you, R.J.
January 20, 2012: What a great way to start the year off with a message from a "Grandma in waiting." Her son's girlfriend thought she couldn't get pregnant after having had cervical cancer, but she did. Any baby is a blessing, especially after going through the pain of cervical cancer. Best wishes to the family, especially the happy Grandma-to-be!
October 26, 2011: It means so much to me when I get comments and pictures from readers! Please check out some of the comments here. I really hope it all turns out well for these ladies who have shared their private stories with us. God bless all of them and all of you who have come to my site.
September 8, 2011: It's been a rough few months, and I was getting pretty down until this morning when I got an email from a lady who is facing micro-invasive carcinoma. Her story is posted here. It really cheered me up to know that I gave someone else hope. She already has two children but would like more. Some people, I'm sure, will tell her to just be happy with the two she has. But sometimes there is this feeling inside of us for more children, and I really hope that she can have surgery to spare her fertility. God bless you, Dina!
What I want to point out today is that it is not selfish to want more children. You should have the choice, not have the choice taken away from you because your doctor says so. Get a second opinion from a top gynecologic oncology center. Click here for a list.
May 7,2011: What a coincidence that today, Mother's Day, I got email from a reader, Sara, who is going through cervical cancer treatment right now. She hasn't had children yet, but she wants them, like I did. If you haven't yet had your children, this site is for you. I started this site to tell other women to fight to keep your options for a family. Doctors are often quick to tell you that you need a hysterectomy, but you may not. Read my interview with Dr. Ramirez from MD Anderson who says that a lot of women could have fertility-sparing surgery if they only knew about it.
This site is also for the women who have been through treatment and managed to have children. Write me and tell me about it so I can share your story, as I did mine, and spread the hope! I want every woman to have a chance for a Happy Mother's Day.
April 21, 2011: I received an email from a reader telling me about her two babies born post-surgery! I posted it on the "pictures of success" page, so go read her story. I have to say, I shed a few tears reading her story because I could feel the pain of struggling to have another baby, but I was also so happy to hear that she had two more!
December 22, 2010: This is the happiest blog post I have made ever. I went to the oncologist this week, and she kicked me out of her practice! Why? Because I've been HPV-free and cancer-free for over 5 years, so she said I don't need to see her anymore. After going for so many years, I had become friends with the nurse--I even sent her a birth announcement when my son was born! But it's good to be considered "normal" again. I have to say I slept really well that night.
October 28, 2010: November 1-6, 2010, is Vaccine Awareness Week. If you have read my site and blog at all, you know I am not a fan of the cervical cancer vaccine. I can say this because I am a cervical cancer survivor. I don't sit around and say, "Gosh, I sure wish that vaccine had been out sooner so that this wouldn't have happened to me," because I know that the vaccine is not a guarantee. Cervical cancer can still happen to those who get vaccinated, and more of them will have serious side effects from the vaccine itself.
You should get to make the choices about vaccines for your children without your doctors or schools forcing vaccines on you. I changed pediatricians because the first one attempted to make me feel stupid for not doing all the vaccines. I had to sign a vaccine waiver for my child to go to daycare because I haven't followed the vaccine schedule. Are other children at risk because he hasn't had all the vaccines? Absolutely not. You can't catch measles, for example, from an unvaccinated person if that person doesn't have measles!
We will never reach the point where we never get sick. Let's stop acting like we can vaccinate every disease away, and let's get smart about insisting that vaccines be safer than they are.
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