Let's Talk- Gynaecological Cancer
I want to share my old story with all of my readers. Breast cancer is front and center in the news, but gynaecological cancer needs it's place as well.
Gynaecological cancer affects the female reproductive organs, which includes the uterus, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, endometrium, peritoneum, vagina and vulva.
It is very important to be in tune with your body. When something feels off it warrants a checkup.
For almost 10 years before my diagnosis, I had unexplained perineal spasms. I also had very heavy menstrual bleeding. I also had excruciating abdominal & vaginal pain. I was so fortunate to have an amazing gyne-doctor that took good care of me. The year before my diagnosis (2010) he did an endometrial biopsy which was normal. Then again in May 2011 he thought it prudent to do another biopsy. I almost decided against it as it was the May long weekend and I wanted to go camping and have fun.
Thank God I decided my health was more important than fun.
Prior to the diagnosis of CA. I was diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain and endured almost 3 years of intravaginal injections of botox. I joke that I had the best looking vag in Canada! haha. But all joking aside, those injections were so very painful. The injections were via vagina into my obturator and levator muscles. I also had pelvic physiotherapy. Again intravaginal. I am telling you, it was very weird and I applaud those women who learn how to do this. You have no idea the need for it as those physiotherapists also help postpartum women who lose control of their bladders.
Roughly, 1 in 4 women will walk through some kind of cancer. That is an alarming stat. The risks increase with all the environmental pollutants and emotional issues that we hold in the body. The risks are also higher as we age.
The most common gynaecological cancer is uterine/endometrial cancer. The endometrium is a layer of the uterus. I want you all to take time to put you first. Put your health first. I was blessed that I had an amazing Dr. who was proactive. I had cells in my uterus that were cancer but my primary was in the peritoneum. The cancer was very microscopic. The official diagnosis was Stage 3B low grade serous carcinoma of the peritoneum with drop mets to the uterus , cervix, tubes, ovaries, and appendix. By the Grace of God my lymph nodes were clean and clear.
KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS:
- vaginal bleeding
-bleeding between periods
-painful cramps and pelvic pain
-abnormal vaginal discharge
-bleeding after intercourse
TAKE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
- make healthy choices for yourself with food, exercise and quit smoking
-practice safe sex
-pay attention to your body
-make time for annual pap tests
-educate yourself on your family history
Make sure you have a good relationship with your family doctor and discuss your risk factors- such as family history.
If you are diagnosed know that your body's ability to heal is more than you ever imagined possible. Change your thoughts, change your life. Seek within to that part of you that is one with Creator. Use your intuition to be guided to the best healing modalities there are. I worked with my medical team and was very compliant. I also went with my gut and did biofeedback, reiki, holistic modalities, prayer, meditation, breathing, gentle yoga, sound therapy, good nutrition and mostly accepted lots and lots of love.
To me, cancer taught me life is so very short. I had to learn to heal all my wounds of the past. I had to heal my fears. I had to change the way I showed up in the world. I had to stand up for myself. I had to put me first. I wouldn't trade a day of my life as it has brought me to this day.
My new story is I am healing. I am an angel intuitive, reiki and MBS coach. I am a published author.
I love my life. I love my family. I love my friends. I love my teachers. I love God for allowing me to heal, learn, grow and now share my story.
I feel so very connected to all there is. I want to help people. That is my intention. From this day forward. I am Giuliana. I am ready to be of service in a different way. If I can help you please reach out. I love you all so very much. Cancer doesn't have to be scary. It's just a word. We give it power. I won't. I give God all the power. I know you can heal.
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