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
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.
- 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
Cancer Institute offers comprehensive information about endometrial