I dedicate my journey to all the warriors who have gone on before me, I also dedicate it to my family they are a great support and I love them.
11 JULY 2012
My name is Cheryl Schneider; my journey began on the afternoon of August 2, 1999. Prior to this date I had undergone a minor procedure (oophorectomy) March 1999 at this time there was no signs/symptoms of ovarian cancer, from March to July 1999 I suffered with severe abdominal pain when my menstrual cycle began and the Doctor had me undergo an ultrasound and discovered a shady area near my ovaries and decided to remove the other fallopian tube, upon my post op visit the Doctor discovered that the cancer appeared with in those 4 months. So began the battle to overcome Ovarian Cancer (serous cell carcinoma stage IIIB)
I was referred me to Women and Infants Hospital in Providence RI, to which I am still a patient. My first consultation outlined my treatment plan; I was introduced the Taxol/cisplatnin, I don’t quite remember the schedule, but this is when we realized just how sensitive I am to meds. I reacted to them and was then switched to another set of chemo (carboplatnin) to which I reacted. I was often referred to the “DRAMA QUEEN” because I reacted to just about every chemo; I the pain had become so unbearable by mid November I was just so very uncomfortable and the Doctor he decided to move the surgery up, so on Nov. 21, 1999 I had a full hysterectomy I had five tumors that were pressing against the ovaries/uterus. The regimen for chemo began again and I continued to have reactions to all of them in one way or another. Sometime in January 2000 I had to undergo a bowel resection/debulking the cancer found its way to a portion of my intestines; and so at this point the Dr’s had to find a regimen of chemo that would work so I would have to go in very early in the morning and they would put me to sleep and drop the chemo at 28 milliliters. My body tolerated this and so the treatments went on for approx 12 wks, 2x wkly. (I think) so from 2000 to present I have had 4-6 reoccurrences that required surgery and follow up chemo and radiation. I was first introduced to radiation in 2007, the cancer had returned only this time it was in the vaginal wall upon completion of surgery I underwent vaginal radiation for approx 6wks.
Throughout this process I would not have been able to manage without my FAITH, my family and friends. My most recent reoccurrence began in Sept 2009, the CA125 has never been a good marker for me, so whenever the cancer presented itself I would know because of how I felt, but at any rate I was having abdominal pain and thought maybe it was my gall bladder went through a bunch of test only to find out that the cancer reappeared in the abdominal rectus muscle so from there I had surgery and after about 4 months I started having the same pain and had a CT scan only to find out that the cancer was back in the rectus muscle and my Doctor decided to start me on a regimen of chemo needless to say I reacted to all of them and suffered more side effects so this ended my chemo treatment and he presented my case to the tumor board and decided to treat me with radiation. This involved several minor procedures to place the gold seeds in my abdomen area and measure the capacity of treatments and how long it would take. The scheduled regimen worked out to be daily treatments for 5-7 weeks. Since then I am monitored by CT SCANS and follow up appointments approx every 3months or sooner. I have good days and bad days, often times I am tired, but I managed to make it through. Sharing our stories encourages others and helps us to heal. Please don’t allow this ugly disease to intimidate you. Fight and advocate for yourself as much as you can. Thank you for allowing me to share my journey and testimony.
As of today, I have been dealing with another reoccurence presently it is in the lining of the liver, but I believe God for healing and strength.
Last updated on: 07/11/2012
To soulwinnersim .Please cidsoner changing your outlook for your wife’s sake. Her beauty certainly goes deeper than her outward appearance?? I fear she will pick up on your criticism and have yet another thing to worry about. Your focus should be on the health that chemo will bring her, and not the temporary hair loss she will experience. Assure her she is beautiful bald or not. She needs your support right now, not your judgement. Please do not put her through that. she deserves that.
Mike Mike – 07/28/2012