All symptoms were signs of menopause, after having a biopsy in May of 2012 Traci was told she had stage 3 cervical cancer.
The PET scan showed the cancer was contained to her cervix and the plan was a radical hysterectomy. Traci was sent to Riverside Hospital in Columbus for surgery and during the procedure it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes. Unable to remove it all meant Chemo and radiation treatments.
Traci said her first thought was, “I am going to lose my hair!” She felt it was a very shallow thought, but her biggest fear. After recovering from surgery, she began 6 weeks of treatment. Traci cried a lot and wore a mask so she didn’t have to see the treatments happening and covered her IV with a blanket. She could not believe this was happening to her.
The first four weeks were emotionally horrible, but physically not so bad. Staying positive Traci managed to be a mom to her two teenage sons and go to work. However, the last two weeks of her treatment were very different. Traci lost her energy, needed more and more sleep, and for the first time her boys were taking care of their mom.
Thankfully, Traci says she had a good support system in her family and friends.
Traci’s outlook on life is so different after this experience and she is happy to say that in December of 2012 her PET scan showed that she is cancer free.
Traci says, “I have been given a second chance at life and intent on living it to the fullest!”
Submitted by Memories by Chontay