Lorie describes the symptoms she had before her cervical cancer diagnosis and explains how she felt once treatment began.
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Lorie Shares Her Cervical Cancer Symptoms My condition was cervical cancer – nothing that I had ever read about, heard about before or knew about. I have symptoms that felt as though I was cramping, but I wasn’t on my cycle. I had discharge of bleeding but I wasn’t on my cycle. I had back pain, lower back pain. I felt as though maybe I had just moved something that was too heavy. My stomach felt full like I had eaten a ton of food and couldn’t eat anymore but I hadn’t eaten all day. I felt miserable. I felt low in energy and I am an energetic person but I felt like my energy had just been zapped. I couldn’t figure out what was going on and I knew that something was wrong but I couldn’t put a finger on it. The two procedures that I had, the first procedure – I didn’t feel any different. I didn’t have any less pain or less discomfort. I had the joy of knowing I didn’t have cancer spreading throughout. Of course they gave me great relief. However, the radiation within the second, my second time of having the radiation, I didn’t have any cramps. I didn’t have any symptoms from radiation either, at that point in time, which was wonderful. Chemotherapy – I didn’t feel any better but I didn’t feel any worse, which made me feel good because chemotherapy is something that no one wants, everyone is scared of, including myself. I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t want hair loss, I didn’t want to be sick, I didn’t want to lose weight and look as though I was sick and that’s big. Losing weight and looking at yourself and not seeing the full person that you were, makes you feel like you are not going in the right direction. That made me feel as though, that just scared me. That gave me some concern. I wouldn’t say scared, but that gave me some concern. However, radiations - feeling the difference and having the radiation and then having no pain and not feeling always full, couldn’t eat because chemo wasn’t going to let me, but the radiation made me feel better immediately. Matter of fact, I would talk to the doctor in the radiation area and tell him, “Good job man, good job,” and he’d just crack up. However, Dr. Magtibay kept in contact with me to make sure that I had no questions in so far as radiation, I had no questions in so far as the treatment plan, that I was staying on track with my treatment plan and his department kept, you know, my vitals and my blood work and made sure everything was still on point, made sure my kidneys were functioning and not, you know, having problems with the kidneys because, as they mentioned, “You don’t want to fix one thing; you don’t wanted to help get rid of one thing and cause another problem – that’s not we are here for; we are here to make sure when you walk out you are a whole person once again and better, a better person.”