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2 months ago

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Talk about emotional! Yesterday was my last chemotherapy treatment and did the tears flow! Both my daughters were there and along with the incredible nursing staff (those women are stars!) I chimed out to a round of applause and some major tears. I cannot believe that we are done; I say “we” because my family has been right by my side throughout this whole journey. When I first started my 6 weeks of radiation and chemo treatments (after serious surgery) it seemed like such a long time. Looking around me in chemo really put into perspective how lucky I am. Even though it was an extremely difficult and scary process, many people are in there for months with no end date in sight and they’re still positive, happy people. It’s given me a new found hope in people. But here we are and as of tomorrow I am done with radiation! I must say 6 weeks flew by, and my fear of losing the summer never happened. The weather has been outstanding here in Vermont and sitting outside and enjoying my family has been a lifesaver. From here we are praying for a clean PET scan in three months, but for now I’m going to enjoy the moment and get back to living my best life! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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First day of chemo! I was feeling really nervous for today. I didn’t sleep well last night, but I’m here now and tackling this head on!All the staff at @uvmmedcenter have been amazing and uplifting even when I was most anxious when I first came in. Like I said in the video the plan is to get chemo once a week for 6 weeks. That’s the latest with me:) Please everyone wish me luck with my treatments! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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Quick health update: I know I’ve been absent but my energy level has been extremely low! I’m taking it day by day but I think it’s been more difficult dealing with the emotional part of this experience over the pain. Yesterday was my first day of treatment starting with radiation. So going forward I have 6 weeks of treatments 5 days a week with radiation and 1 chemo session a week. Like I have said my family and friends have been a huge support system right now. Again, I wanted to fill you guys in really quickly, sorry if I have not been able to answer questions or all your comments. I didn’t realize how much this would take a toll on me and thought I would be able to do more. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Hi everyone! It’s been 3 weeks since I last posted and since my surgery. Today was the first day I was able to get dressed up so I wanted to give you all an update. The recovery process was intense and I’m still healing, but now that we have a game plan in place I feel good about where I stand in this journey. I wanted to give you all updates throughout the healing process but between the pain and trying to recover I didn’t have the energy to post, so thank you for your patience! As I explain in this video the surgery was intense. I did get an infection during the second week. Last week we met with the doctor for a follow up. I learned that the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes. Instead of getting a surgery to remove all my lymph nodes (which would have greatly affected my quality of life) we are going right to radiation and chemo as the treatment plan. 5 days a week I will be getting radiation (which is just a 15min appt) and 1 day a week for chemo (which is a two hour appt). My two girls and husband are taking turns with who will be taking me. I’m feeling very positive right now about the future. I want to share more information on this type of cancer. You all have shared such amazing words of support, love, and encouragement. As well as sharing your own stories, which really helped me get through the last 3 weeks, so thank you so much! Please write any questions in the comments and I will start doing more educational posts about this cancer. My goal is that women are not only aware of this but to build a community of women who might be dealing with the same issues to have a place to talk & support each other:) ... See MoreSee Less
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4 months ago

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Hey ladies! Here are some gynecological cancer facts that I found from some very informative accounts on Instagram, @thetealsociety & @vulvarcancerawareness You can head over to their accounts to learn more. Since I’m still in the hospital and have a recovery process ahead of me I didn’t want to leave anyone hanging with unanswered questions. The most common question I have been getting is, “what are the symptoms?” I hope these slides help, and if you are concerned or showing symptoms contact your doctor! As you can see the symptoms can be common issues every woman deals with, which makes the diagnosis more difficult. Also, if you have been diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosus continue going to your doctor, since this can lead to cancer. When I was diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosus the doctor gave me a cream, which is messy and didn’t help the symptoms. He said it was just a skin condition. There was no mention of it leading to cancer, if I had known this I would have gone to the doctor much sooner. Two years later it developed into vulvar cancer. I put up a fight about going to the gyno for months because I was busy taking care of everyone else and learned to live with the pain. Don’t do this!I want to help raise awareness for this type of cancer because it can be treated with early detection. I think as women we have been conditioned to be embarrassed of our anatomy and often society perpetuates that vaginas are dirty. They are not!I hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions. I will continue to use this platform to raise awareness for vulvar cancer and women’s health in general. ... See MoreSee Less
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