Cervical cancer: my future

At this time, my Pap tests show negative for HPV. Yay! The doctors told me that that would happen eventually, but I just felt so unlucky for so long that I didn't quite believe them.

What happens is that your own immune system knocks down the HPV. It's a virus like any other virus in that it's in your body, but under control. Like chickenpox--some people get shingles later on, but most of us don't.

I went to an oncologist for followup for 5 years after my second cone biopsy.  Then she told me I didn't need to see her anymore--just go once a year to a regular gynecologist, which I do.

To help my immune system, I take a lot of vitamins. I take 8 mg of astaxanthin, 2000 IU of vitamin D, and curcumin.

I eat better. I eat fresh fruits and vegetables and hormone-free meats and dairy. I don't eat much bread or starches or candy because I read that sugar consumption weakens your immune system.  I keep added sugar to under 25 g a day (except at Christmas!).

I also make sure I get my sleep. 

I can't say that I'll never get sick in the future. I just want it to be a minor cold, not cancer again.

I don't take my immune system for granted anymore. It must have been weaker back when I was diagnosed with cancer because it didn't fight the virus off well enough. I try not to kick myself too much for that because I can't change it, but it is a reminder of what can happen when I don't take care of myself.

In thinking about why my immune system was weak then, I can pinpoint a few things: I didn't eat all that well, and I didn't take vitamins to supplement what I don't get from food. I also ran a lot in preparing for a marathon, which is very physically stressful. I looked pretty good because I was fit, but I didn't eat enough protein to rebuild what I was losing.

I'm looking forward to a great future with my long-awaited child!  We are both very healthy now, and I try hard to enjoy being a mother rather than get too aggravated about the hard parts of parenting.

For fun, I built this website and another one on rosacea--unlike cervical cancer, rosacea is never cured, so that project will continue forever! I love helping other people as they search for answers, too. I hope my website has helped you.