The other day I had an appointment for a semi annual follow up for uterine cancer surgery. My doctor, John Boggess, M.D.,walked into the exam room and happily announced,”Do you know what today is? It’s the five year anniversary of your surgery! You are being released! No more follow ups.”, and he high fived me. My risk of recurrence is practically 0% and I can now lay this particular cancer to bed because I am N.E.D.! I did a sort of celebratory Cupid Shuffle with the nurse as I walked to Check Out.
Five years ago I had a total hysterectomy removing a cancerous uterus plus the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the cervix. I was fortunate in that my cancer was not aggressive (stage 1a, grade 1) and it was caught early resulting in no further treatment other than the surgical removal. My body was bleeding heavily and irregularly and a new pain deep in my groin were the only symptoms. Dr. John Boggess, who appears in a video below, was and is my doctor. He’s also the lead singer in a band of six gynecological oncologists called No Evidence of Disease (or N.E.D.).
The first embedded video has a primary mission to educate women about the warning signs of gynecological cancers. You know, “those” cancers down there below the belt in a part of the body no one really likes to talk about.
Get those Pap smears, ladies!
My surgery was done with the Da Vinci surgery robot at the University of North Carolina Hospital. I highly recommend it! Fastest recovery time ever!
Oh, and did I mention my doctor is a rock star?
February is Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month on Ehell!