November 8, 2021- After speaking at length to my OB, we will proceed with genetic testing. The $4,000 additional price tag is what gave pause to this decision. After everything that has been invested, she has advised us to proceed in a way that will avoid additional challenges down the road. The test will look for specific genetic diseases and when the time comes, we will proceed with the most viable embryo. Continuing to believe God will make a way out of now way.
November 2021-I will attempt another fertility cycle. This is round 2! In the last attempt, there were no eggs on my left side produced. In addition, my progesterone levels were low. Dr. Chin felt like we could do better. For the sake of my mental health, I did not attempt another cycle immediately. I don't know how women do back-to-back cycles repeatedly. They are my heroes! Dr. Chin considered all the information and data from the last cycle and made adjustments for cycle 2. Yesterday I dropped (it's the best word to describe it) $8,446. Today, I'm grateful for my faith and for having good credit.
September 15, 2021-I received my pathology results. All lymph nodes were negative! All margins were negative! Cancer free!
Surgery is scheduled for September 2, 2021 at 8:45 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
July 20, 2021-The visit to Baltimore (Johns Hopkins hospital) went very well.The surgeon is going to present my case to the “tumor board” Friday and we will go from there. It’s either the cone (we’ve been previously discussing or the trachelectomy) my cancer lesion is REALLY small. She educated us and was really speaking my language. Please continue to pray for God’s guidance as we continue to give Him all the praise! Thank you again for the prayers, love, and support. Continually grateful !
July 8, 2021- My first IVF cycle has been canceled. I’m OK, actually I’m MORE THAN OK! The man upstairs says he can do better than 2 eggs. My progesterone levels were high in this last bloodwork collection, so my fertility team will be reviewing all my labs and making the necessary changes to my meds, and vitamins. Apparently I’m even eligible for a “failed cycle” discount. We’ll take it! No seriously, whatever the number, I know God will provide. Tentatively scheduled to start my next cycle the week of the 26th. I'm celebrating this cycle, NOT mourning! Continued prayers for my strength.
June 30, 2021- I started the fertility portion of my journey this week with a full heart and gratitude to so many. Whether you have been contributing with monetary gifts, prayers, or a kind word ~ I thank you and appreciate your love and support! Although this is just the beginning, I feel blessed to be a part of a village that truly exemplifies ~ loving one another. Thank you again for your continued love and support. I’m forever grateful!
Update June 25, 2021- Tuesday I will begin the next phase of this journey which is fertility. This fertility preservation is uncovered by my insurance plan but is necessary before my surgery. I will be traveling to Baltimore July 19th to meet with a potential surgeon. Thank you for continuing to be a part of my village.
Post from Princess on Friday, 4.30.2021
I would like to share with you the recent journey God has set me out on. In December of 2020, I attended my annual checkup that resulted in additional testing and procedures. On March 5, 2021, I received a diagnosis of cervical cancer. On March 10th my mother and I began our stay at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, Illinois for additional testing and treatment. My amazing team of doctors are working diligently to secure the best course of action for my treatment. What we do know is that early detection is in my favor. I am grateful for an early stage diagnosis, a strong faith (over fear), my village, and the opportunity to make this a teachable moment.
With that, I want to encourage each of you to be your own medical advocate and to not take your annual appointments lightly. I feel so blessed to overcome what was intended to be an obstacle. I love you and I promise to do what Warriors do. Go! Fight! Win!
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