It was April 2020 and I had just returned from a business trip. I had been experiencing symptoms for a few weeks, so I decided to get checked out by my gynecologist. After a physical exam, an ultrasound and a few blood tests, I received the dreaded diagnosis. I had Vaginal Cancer.
The news was devastating, and it took me several days to process the news and what it meant for my health and my life. I felt like I was in a fog and I was struggling to come to terms with the reality of what I was facing.
I underwent a series of tests and treatments to determine the stage of my cancer. The results came back: I had Stage 3 Vaginal Cancer and my prognosis was not good. I was facing a long and difficult road ahead.
My treatment plan was a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. The chemotherapy was very tough, and I struggled with nausea, fatigue, and depression. The radiation was even worse. I had to remain isolated in my home for weeks, and when I did venture out, I had to wear a mask to protect myself.
The surgery was successful, and I was in remission by 2021. I had regular checkups, but it was a relief not to have to worry about my medical condition day-in-and-day-out. Even though I was in remission, I was very aware of the long-term risk of recurrence.
My prognosis for the future is good. Even though it took a long time and a lot of hard work to get to this point, I’m thankful for the improved outlook. I’m very proactive about my health now, and I’m determined to live a long, healthy life.