I am very grateful that SHARE decided to start supporting women with
endometrial cancer so that I could join the community and benefit from its resources. In March 2017, I was diagnosed with stage IIIA uterine papillary serous carcinoma (UPSC) completely out of the blue at age 69. My only symptom was post-menopausal vaginal bleeding, and, at the time, I did not even know that it was a symptom of endometrial cancer. I was told that UPSC is an aggressive 10% subset of endometrial cancer responsible for 40% of the mortality of all endometrial cancers. That is when I decided to be a poster child patient and beat the odds.
I followed my doctors’ instructions and had a total hysterectomy, Carbo-Taxol
chemotherapy, and brachytherapy. Additionally, I consulted with an integrative
medicine doctor. Today, I continue to follow a plant-based whole foods diet, no
longer drink alcohol, exercise daily and meditate. I credit all my doctors and their
teams for being a cancer survivor and, more importantly, aa cancer thriver. I also
credit my family, friends, and those who prayed for me. And now I have added
SHARE to that Gratitude List.
Luckily, technology now allows us to meet in support groups and to listen to
lectures, even when we live 3,000 miles away from SHARE’s offices. I am at the
point where I would like to give back so I signed up to volunteer for the SHARE
uterine cancer helpline. If my story or my helpline volunteerism could help
someone else, I would be even more grateful.