It is challenging to put into words what receiving a cancer diagnosis is like. It’s surreal, devastating, terrifying, earth shattering, incredibly isolating, and so much more. For two days after my diagnosis my parents kept saying “So the doctor found precancerous cells that they are removing right?” And I had to keep telling them, “No, I actually have rectal cancer – nothing is precancerous anymore.
We wanted to have a family in the future, so I had hormone therapy/egg extraction procedure and ovarian suspension surgery. Then I had brachytherapy radiation, surgery to remove my thyroid and left lymph nodes in my neck, surgery to remove my rectum and put into place a temporary ileostomy, radioactive iodine treatment, chemotherapy, and lastly my ileostomy reversal surgery. I felt scared and isolated from the “normal” world a lot of the time. Then my psychologist told me about the WICWC and it changed my entire cancer journey for the better.