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Unread 04-25-2001, 02:43 PM
A co-worker only 18 diagnosed with a rare cervical cancer-

A girl I work with just found out today that she has cervical cancer she said a really rare cancer. she has to
go see a specialist who deals in this rare cancer.
in Columbus at OSU.
anyway I am so concerned for her. I have been talking to her in depth the past few days while she
has been waiting for the results from her
She said she has to have surgery but on her own decision has elected to wait until
BECAUSE of Prom and her high school graduation.I understand but wish she had not decided to wait
she said the dr told her she could not wait any longer than june.
anyway wonder what type it is ?
the Biopsys showed severe but contained to the cervix
they are doing a conolization. I THINK>
Please pray for her
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Unread 04-25-2001, 03:24 PM
A co-worker only 18 diagnosed with a rare cervical cancer-

Hi Delilah
How sad for your friend. And so young.
At a time when she should be celebrating finishing school and having fun, she has this heavy burdon over her head.
I will indeed keep her in my thoughts and prayers for a successful surgery hopefully without needing further treatments!
And I must say what a wonderful friend she has in you for caring so much! She is already blessed to have you as her friend I would say. God bless you for being there for her!
All the best to you both, and be sure to let us know how she makes out with her surgery ok.
Unread 04-25-2001, 03:44 PM
A co-worker only 18 diagnosed with a rare cervical cancer-

Hello Delilah, gynaecological cancer is such a horrible thing. It is so sad that at such a young age this girl has it. Just a thought about waiting, when I was first diagnose with my pre cancerous cells , my Gyno, told me that it wasnt urgent and that I could wait a few months until I had my hysterectomy, I trusted his adviceand I did wait, about 3 mths until " the time was convenient" , the cancer did not stay where it was . They didn't get all the abnormal cells and I still have it even after my hyster. Maybe you could have a chat with this girl and talk to her about waiting. My type of cancer has since been diagnosed as aggressive and invasive, I think if I had of known that at the time I would not have waited. Anyway Iwill definately keep her in my prayers and hope everything goes ok !!
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Unread 04-25-2001, 04:46 PM
A co-worker only 18 diagnosed with a rare cervical cancer-

I can't imagine having such a thing on my shoulders at the age of 18. She's so young, I'm sure she just isn't able to stop everything and take care of her health. I will be praying that it's a nice slow cancer so that it doesn't progress any further before she gets around to dealing with it. I remember when my doctor told me that he recommended a hysterectomy and ASAP. It really wasn't convenient then and I really begged and pleaded to let me wait just a little longer until I could make arrangements for a few things (like work) that I thought were equally as important. Our conversation was at the end of January, he said no later than March 1 or he'd come get me himself. I figured if he was that insistent I'd better get it done, and it was scheduled for 2 weeks later. Hopefully your friend will reconsider and realize how important it is to get it done quickly. Thanks for bringing her story to us so we can all help by praying!
Unread 04-25-2001, 06:09 PM
A co-worker only 18 diagnosed with a rare cervical cancer-

My dr let me wait 3 months for my surgery.....I wanted to get through the holidays! Thinking of it now, it seems pretty stupid of me to wait. If they are going to treat it with a cone biopsy, there doesn't seem to be any reason to wait, as there's not much to the recovery from a cone.
Unread 04-25-2001, 08:36 PM
A co-worker only 18 diagnosed with a rare cervical cancer-

That's what I was thinking, EM. There's no reason to wait and every reason for her to do it fast, it sounds, so that's all that will have to be done. I'd encourage her to talk to her doctors again about whether it would prevent her from going to the Prom etc.

I'm surprised everyone is listening to her too. At 18, you still need the adults to shape your decisions when it comes to something this big. Most 18 year olds don't have a sense of their own mortality. What am I saying--I didn't really have one at 47!
Unread 04-26-2001, 06:22 AM
A co-worker only 18 diagnosed with a rare cervical cancer-

I'm sure that she is waiting due to her age. She is seeing at as though she has strived her whole life to graduate and have her prom be a very special night. She is not thinking of this cancer growing, rather she is probably blocking it from her mind right now in order to deal with things.
I will pray for her!!! Please feel free to post on the Prayer Request Forum...when women pray together, it is amazing of what can happen! The Lord does hear us!! God bless you for being such a concerned friend!!
Unread 04-26-2001, 01:46 PM
A co-worker only 18 diagnosed with a rare cervical cancer-

I will surely be praying for this young woman. I am a high school teacher and I see these young people every day and they have no idea of their own mortality. Plus, at her age the prom and graduation is more important than life itself. I am sure her emotional state is chaotic, not only from the cancer but she is smack dab in the middle of puberty. It may seem foolish to wait but her mental health may depend on it. I will keep her in my prayers.
Unread 04-26-2001, 03:08 PM
A co-worker only 18 diagnosed with a rare cervical cancer-

My mistake. I was thinking with a conization that she could have had all three--early treatment, the Prom, and graduation. But I was probably thinking of LEEP procedures as outpatient. That's why I burst forth that someone should have gotten her in there when there was time for her to have it all. But conization is a bigger deal.

Of course, I was in high school in the late 60s--we had an anti-prom and staged a protest during graduation, so I probably don't get it.

I am certainly praying for her and the prayer request board is a powerful place.
Unread 04-26-2001, 04:52 PM
A co-worker only 18 diagnosed with a rare cervical cancer-

I've had two conizations. They were outpatient procedures and they involved very little recovery. I wore a pad for a few days for spotting, maybe a little cramping, but not much else. One was done under General, so needed someone to drive me home, but I don't remember much else needed. The more recent one was with "twilight" and involved no special instructions after. I think LEEP is one of the techniques done for a cone.

Hopefully, if it is a conization that is being planned, someone will talk this young girl into getting it done soon in the hopes that it might avoid bigger procedures. I can understand why the prom and graduation could seem to be more of a priority to an 18yo.

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