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Doreen

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Review for Cancer Schmancer Foundation, Reston, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In June of 2010, I was packing the contents of my aunt Sue's apartment when she learned she would be in Long Term Care at the Hebrew Home. After lifting heavy boxes, I saw blood. I had not seen blood in 10 years since having a D&C and never having a period again.

I am 63 years old.

I called my GYN and told her I saw a small amount of blood after lifting heavy boxes. she told me to come to her office where she examined me

and took a biopsy of a polyp she saw. The polyp was benign. My GYN sent me for a Pelvic sonagram and I was told I needed a D &C, which I had on June 25, 2010.

My GYN called me and gave me the name of a surgeon. My GYN said I have stage 3-4 of uterine cancer and I need to talk to a surgeon

she recomended. I had no one to go with me and the surgeon had no bedside manner. she told me she was going on vacation the following week and I needed to get her a copy of my Pelvic Sonagram CD .

I was confused what to do but went for the CD copy of my pelvic sonagram.

A friend had given me the name of the best Oncologist/Gynocologist and said you need to see him for a second opinion and take the CD to him. This time i brought a friend to listen and ask questions. hthe surgeon is Dr. albert j. Steren.

I told him my story and that i was told I have stage 3-4 of Uterine cancer and it would be a "bikini cut".

Dr. Steren told me he will not know the stage until after the surgery.

He was able to do a complete hysterectomy removing everything including the cervix lapiscopically. He took samples of the lymph nodes and surrounding organs.

in 2 weeks I learned it was not stage 3-4 but stage 1A and that i would not need chemotherapy or radiation.

I feel blessed to have found Dr. Steren and he will see me this week for my 6 month check up.

After my surgery, I was told by a friend that Fran Drescher also had stage One of uterine cancer and I found her website and am reading her book and learning I am not alone.

My parents are no longer alive an Aunt and cousins could care less.

My brother and sister in law did take me to the hospital and went with me to hear the results. My aunt sue died August 14, 2010.

Now i feel i have a mission to educate others and get involved with "Cancer Smancer".

I just retired from teaching art for 40 years and I have returned to subbing.

I would like to help design T shirts, bumper stickers, necklaces to help make money for Cancer Schmancer.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I am an artist and Art teacher for 40 years. I now have returned to teaching Art again and talk to many teachers, parents, to educate them on the importance of early detection for uterine cancer.