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It's getting cold out there! Grab a cup of tea and take a moment to better get to know SLM you will recognize her from her warm caring responses to others in our community.

My Cancer Journey


I am a fighter.  I am resilient.  I am positive.  These three sentences are how my family and friends describe me.  Who I was prior to my uterine cancer diagnosis and who I am post diagnosis, will not change.  My cancer. My rules!

It all started about two years ago when I began experiencing abnormal bleeding.  I chalked it up to “the change” and persevered.  However, when I started experiencing accidents at work and could not drive home without soaking through a pad, I made an appointment with my family doctor to discuss my health.  Looking back on this decision; it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. 

I am familiar with medical professionals and medical tests.  I was involved in a severe motor vehicle accident in my youth and battled back from near death, despite the odds.  I have continued my physiotherapy regiment religiously for the last 25 years.  I have accepted my limitations and continue to live a great life.  I have worked hard achieving my career goals and scholastic goal; earning a doctorate degree.  I have a wonderful family, fabulous friends, and a loving husband and fur baby.  But, despite these personal achievements, cancer didn’t care.  Cancer reared its ugly head and invaded my life.  After hearing those three words “You have cancer”, I made the choice that my life wouldn’t change.  Although I have cancer, cancer doesn’t have me!

The last two months have been a whirlwind of emotion and medical interventions.  After seeing a specialist, having biopsies, medication and an IUD, it was determined that the best course of action was a radical hysterectomy.  This was scheduled at the end of August 2019, a mere 8 weeks ago.  I have battled back from surgeries in the past, and have done so again.  I have recovered well from my hysterectomy and am back at work.

However, only a few weeks ago, my surgeon confirmed that my atypical hyperplasia diagnosis was in fact uterine cancer.  Stage 1A.  However, the cells had invaded into the lymphovascular space and I would need radiation, known as vaginal vault brachytherapy. 

I joined this community on September 21, 2019, looking to find understanding and strength from others who share a similar diagnosis.  I needed to connect with others who understood what I was going through.  The thought of radiation evokes my deepest fears, so I reached out for support.  I can’t thank the community enough for your knowledge and inspiration.  I asked if there were other women in the community who had experienced a similar path, and without hesitation I heard from you.  We shared our stories and I knew I wasn’t alone.  I also reached out and utilized the Peer Match Program through CCS, and a lovely volunteer answered more questions and provided me with fantastic information to help me arrive at my treatment decision.  I am proceeding with vaginal vault brachytherapy.  By November 1st, I will have done everything I can, to beat this cancer!

I know the value of a supportive community as I attribute my motor vehicle accident recovery to everyone who helped me in my youth.  I find strength in community.  I feel doing this cancer fight alone would limit my recovery.  When I was asked to share my story for this community, I agreed without hesitation because I hope that my story and my experiences can assist another person with their cancer fight.  I have already decided that I want to run in the Relay for Life in 2020 as well as give back as a volunteer within the Peer Match Program.   

I have shared in a previous post the following inspirational quote...


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Scars are simply evidence of battles won.  We are all warriors.  We are all storms!  I am the storm. 
I am a fighter.  I am resilient.  I am positive.  Who I was prior to my uterine cancer diagnosis and who I am post diagnosis, will never change.  My cancer.  My rules!


I am known as SLM within this community, but my name is Sheri. 

Let’s beat cancer together.
 




Comments

Hi Sheri/SLM,
WOW, thank you for sharing your journey.  I had endometrial cancer.  I had surgery, 6 rounds of chemo, & 3 vaginal brachytherapy radiation treatments in 2018. The vaginal brachytherapy for me was very intimidating, just so personal.  In hindsight it wasn’t that bad, really compared to chemo, it wasn’t that bad & had to be done, to give me the best chance to get rid of my cancer.  I had very few side effects. A year out I have what my oncologist said is sacral irritation from the radiation, which is irritating but can live with it. My oncologist said as time goes by this to will disappear.  

If you want to message me to talk more please do.

Take Care
Ember
  • Posted Sun 17 Nov 2019 04:18 PM EST
SLM‍ Sheri.  Your story is so well written and really invites courage from all who read it. 
I agree with you about the value of community. There is a difference between muddling through this thing called cancer, and striving and thriving through it with our heads held high and our hearts even higher. 
Thank you for continuing to share your strength, humour, and insights.

Ann (ashcon) 
  • Posted Mon 11 Nov 2019 02:27 PM EST
SLM
Thank you ashcon for your lovely comments and your support.
SLM 
  • Posted Sun 17 Nov 2019 09:20 AM EST
Thank you for sharing your story and I look forward to hearing how you breeze through treatment and come out victorious on the other side. 
  • Posted Mon 11 Nov 2019 07:46 AM EST
SLM
Victory has been taken!  Thank you for your support Patricia319
SLM
  • Posted Sun 17 Nov 2019 09:20 AM EST
Sheri - powerful....thank you for sharing your story....your spirit animal must be the lion - hear you roar!!!!  Kim
  • Posted Sun 10 Nov 2019 08:27 PM EST
SLM
Roar! 
Much appreciated Kims1961
SLM
  • Posted Sun 17 Nov 2019 09:19 AM EST
lol WestCoastSailor‍  I beat you to it, I "Liked" the article first LOL.  Just teasing you.     SLM‍  you are a very brave and courageous person......you are a fighter and I admire you very much.   Very nice to have you in the community.     
  • Posted Wed 06 Nov 2019 09:10 PM EST
SLM
Brighty, 
Thank you welcoming me into the community and for your compliments. 
SLM 
  • Posted Sun 17 Nov 2019 09:19 AM EST

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