Grit Story: Stephanie H. from Alpena, AK


I had my first prenatal check when I was four months along. (I didn’t know I was pregnant until this visit to the doctor.) My doctor found a place he needed to check again and later found out I had cervical cancer. I was advised to terminate the pregnancy so they could take care of the cancer since they were unsure how far it had spread. I declined and gave birth to my amazing little guy. He was and still is perfect. After my surgeries I found out cancer had passed into the blood stream so I had a radical hysterectomy. I’m now cancer free. Having cancer affects your way of thinking. The word cancer changed my life, but I have learned to be strong and stay encouraged.

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  1. Christopher J Thomas August 29, 2016 Reply

    I am Cancer free since 2008, mine was Stage 1 Kidney Cancer on the top of my right Kidney,they removed the top portion. I also found out that it was a slow growing Cancerous Tumor and the Doc said I probably had it for around 10-15 years. Good thing I had blood clots, because that’s when they found it….

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