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Second cancer and a message of hope

I have always been and will be a fighter and I will never give up...

My name is Connie. I am now 43 years old. In 1993 I was told I had cervical cancer. Wow, it was like someone stuffed me in a hot oven. I had a radical hysterectomy and had lymph nodes removed. Not only did I have cervical cancer but in the process somehow developed secondary lymphedema in the left leg. I have had a lot of blood clots to deal with as well as the cervical cancer.
I am happy to say I have survived now for 11 years.

Here it is 2007, and what news did I get when I found a lump but “Connie you now have breast cancer in the early stages”. Well, I’ve become a real fighter in the game, so my response wasn’t to get mad but to stop and think - I now have two different types of cancer, what are the odds of that happening to one person?

I have two beautiful girls and I am now a grandmother which makes me fight even harder to beat any and all cancer that I am handed. You know, there is only one person in this entire universe that can do anything and that’s YOU and God. Life doesn’t stop because you have cancer. You have to be the fighter and win at all that is handed to you, live life with all your might, don’t worry about what is going to happen tomorrow, only what’s going on today.

I have been and always will be a fighter and I will never give up. There are angels walking with us everyday if you slip every now and then the angel will be there to pick you up.


some resources:

  • American Cancer Society presents everything you need to know to cope with cancer and its effects
  • Cancer Care Inc. is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral and direct financial assistance.
  • National Lympedema Network (NLN) provides education and guidance to lymphedema patients, healthcare professionals and the general public by disseminating information on the prevention and management of primary and secondary lymphedema. The latter can develop as a result of cancer surgery, radiation, infection or trauma.
  • National Cancer Institute offers comprehensive information about endometrial cancer







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Updated  05/15/2010