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by Adrian

I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experiences with us readers. Reading what you've been through has made me realize I'm not alone. I'm 29 years old, never married and no kids. I had my first abnormal pap 2 1/2 years ago. Since then I've been fighting this virus, keeping up with my paps, multiple colposcopies and a couple weeks ago a cone biopsy. I was told my doctor was able to get a clean margin, which included mild squamous cell dysplasia as well as endocervical adenocarcinoma in situ. There was, however a scraping done above that area which contained fragments of more adenocarcinoma cells. After meeting with an oncologist, I've decided to take the colposcopy route to check things out since he did tell me about possible pregnancy complications with another cone biopsy. Like you, I can't imagine not being able to have children. I know there's always the possibility of using a surrogate,but honestly even though the end result is the same, I want to be able to experience a pregnancy.

Reading your blog made me aware of the other option besides having a hysterectomy. I am very thankful for that!

Congrats on being cancer free and good luck with your little guy :)



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My Two Miracle Babies

In August of 1999, I was diagnosed with Stage 0-1 Cervical cancer when I went in for a miscarriage. The doctor did a routine pap and I received a call to come back two weeks later. I went in and was told he was going to do quick biopsy of the areas that looked suspicious. It sure wasn't quick, in fact he filled up 10 different vials with cell (later was told they were all cancerous, some at different stages). He called me a week later at 4 pm and told me he had my results and asked my how soon could my husband and I get there. My heart sank, he didn't have to tell me the results, I knew. His tone and sense of urgency said it all. A month later I had a LEEP, and conization and he removed more than half of my cervix. He wanted to do a partial hysterectomy but I said no that I wanted to have more children (I had a son who had just turned 2 at that time). He said ok but warned me that the cancer may return and that I may not be able to carry another child. I had the surgery and was called with the pathology results and told that the cancer had spread to the margins and to come in for more treatment. I started trying to have another child 6 months later (but to complicate matters, I was found to have fertility issues, not from the cancer, but from hormonal issues). It took me 25 months, 5 miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy and fertility treatments but I had my beautiful daughter in 2002.

After she was born I tried to conceive again right away. I had a great deal of trouble and was told it was hopeless and to give up. But 19 months and 3 miscarriages later, I had another beautiful daughter in 2004.

My miscarriages were NOT due to the cancer treatment, they were due to an FSH and progesterone issue. So ladies please stay strong, you can have children after the evil thing called Cervical Cancer.

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Sharing my experience

by Dina

I don't have a great story yet, but I wanted to tell you how thankful I am for your website. Just yesterday I have received the bad news that I have micro-invasive cervical carcinoma. And of course my gynecologist told me that I will need a hysterectomy. My first thought was--I want more children. I just couldn't bear the thought that I wouldn't have one more child in addition to two wonderful kids I have. Your website gave me hope. I don't know if my cancer data makes me eligible for fertility-sparing procedures yet. But I will keep you posted.
I wanted to tell you that you are a very brave and determined woman. Your son is adorable!!!

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Thank you


(Ontario, Canada )

I just want to say thank you. I am 18 and just got the news from my doctor that I have cervical cancer. I am in first year university and I have always wanted to have kids and I was really scared that this was going to end those dreams. I just want to say thank you for making this website because I really appreciate it. All the best.

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I've been in your shoes and gotten this far

by Erica

My reason I fight for all that life offers

My reason I fight for all that life offers

I doubt I would have found out that i had the beginning of cancer if it hadn't been for my daughter saving my life in more than one way. I hadn't gotten a pap smear in years, but when I got pregnant I went thru all the tests and was fine. But after I had her and during my six weeks check up they called me back with my irregular results so I had to go back in. When the results came back, I was shocked to hear I had stage IA1 cervical cancer. They talked to me about my options, and a colposcopy was decided on so I made the arrangements for that. I hadn't told my family that I had even had irregular results. To tell them I had cancer was something I never thought to have to tell them. I tried to act like nothing was wrong but when I got home I found my mother, sisters, and brother at home. My mom said she had had a feeling that one her babies needed her so she decided to come see me since I'm the oldest and have my own home. Looking into her face I just broke down and sobbed like a small child. My sister was holding my 6 week old baby and I was scared of having to leave her. They cried with me before my mother grabbed me around the shoulders and told me we're with you like we have always been and how we will stand together always. My dad passed away from cancer when I was 13 my sisters 10 and 3 and my brother 4. We talked about it and when it came to do the procedure all 8 were there with me if not in the room waiting for me. I want that same positive energy again. Six months ago I was still okay but tomorrow will be my one year check up and I am hoping for the same result. I want more children and hope that this will not affect my hopes for the future. I've never shared this with anyone. No one outside my immediate family was ever told. But I feel that I need to share this today with someone who has been where I have been. blessings to you all.

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Sara's story

I don't have a miracle story yet but the hope I have after coming across this website is overwhelming. Reading every section explained exactly how I have been feeling & wondering about since my diagnosis of Stage 1 cervical cancer & all of the processes I have been through for the last 5 months. What an honest & refreshing website, amazing to read all the thoughts that you had, I am experiencing right now. I have been told I will need a hysterectomy & I want a family so this is heartbreaking & difficult to process. It is hard to explain to people that the cancer is not my worry, a life without a family is. You have given me options to think about & questions to ask. I won't be giving up easily. Thank you for sharing your story with me. xx

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Grandma in waiting

I have a son who was dating a girl who was told she could not have children because of surgery due to cervical cancer. It was one of the things he was worried about in his very new relationship as he really wanted children. Well, in May I am going to be a new Grandma - unexpected but a blessing.

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Thank you very much for all this information

by R.J.
(New Jersey)

My girlfriend of now 2 years (and hopefully future wife) has been getting abnormal pap smears since we started dating and was diagnosed with HPV, and of course that led us to believe that I passed it down to her. Recently, we had a very emotional conversation about forming a family together. We don't believe we are yet ready, and HPV has made her very emotional about even been able to have children in the future if she requires surgery for cancer. That conversation has made me very sad because I feel guilty for passing this virus to her and making her worry that she might not be able to have kids. Your website has given me hope and I can't wait to share this information with her. So I wanted to take a moment and thank you for all the hard work you have done to put all this together.

Thank you!

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