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Gynecologic Cancer Survivor Stories

Each year in the United States, about 83,000 women are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer. Women from across the country have shared their personal survivor stories. Their first-hand accounts offer important lessons for other women.

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“Listen to your body—it does tell you things.”
Lynn H., Uterine Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 32


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“Be sure to find time for you; find space for you; enjoy you!”
Brenda W-L., Uterine Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 56


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“I just feel incredibly lucky. If I hadn’t mentioned the bleeding and my doctor hadn’t acted as quickly and definitively as she had, the outcome would have been much different.”
Janet L., Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 54


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“I’d much rather be embarrassed and alive than modest and dead. Early detection is key.”
Teresa W.,Vulvar Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 40


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“Ladies, there is no test for ovarian cancer. And until these awesome doctors and researchers come up with one, we have to know our bodies!”
Tiffany P., Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 32


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“Almost no one thought I would survive the initial cancer for six months, but here I am 31 years later.”
Sharolyn H., RN, MSN, Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 37


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“I want people to know that there is hope—healing is available—there is life after cancer.”
Rev. Linda M., Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 47


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“I was extremely fortunate I caught this cancer early. Had I put it off and waited, the outcome could have been completely different.”
Dee M., Uterine Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 53


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“It’s up to you to be your own advocate.”
Toni C., Uterine Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 52


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“I feel very fortunate that my body spoke to me.”
Linda G., Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 65
 

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“The women in my family have a history of being healthy and living a long, long time. I was the last person I thought who would ever have to worry about a major health crisis.”
Debra “Debbie” E., Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 57


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“I had a family history of cervical and uterine cancers but I didn’t get checked until I had symptoms. So if you have a family history, tell your doctor and ask if you should have special tests to find anything early.”
Eileen A., Cervical and Uterine Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 64


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“Get your Pap smear regularly. It really can save your life.”
Geraldine P., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 62


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“I’m living proof that screening can find cervical cancer at an early stage, when treatment works best.”
Tamika F., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 25


Share Your Story

If you’re a survivor of cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, or vulvar cancer, please consider sharing your story here. Send a note to CDC-INFO and we’ll get in touch with you. Please include “Inside Knowledge, Personal Story” in the subject line.

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