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Amanda's story: my baby saved my life!

On what supposed to be the happiest day of her life, mum of 3 Amanda was delivering baby Frankie when her doctor said she needed a biopsy. 4 weeks later, Amanda was diagnosed with stage 2b cervical cancer with an 8cm tumour, 6 weeks of chemo and radiotherapy and 3 brachytherapy. Today, the 31 years old celebrates one year cancer-free and shares 8 best-kept secrets on how to listen to your body and live well with cancer. Amanda's story As she recovered from her emergency c-sec

Anik's story: how to protect yourself from cervical cancer

8 months after having her second baby boy, Anik asked her doctor for a IUD, a contraceptive device placed inside the uterus. That's when she was diagnosed with stage 1b1 cervical cancer at 32. Today, she shares why we need to pay close attention to our bodies, know the signs of cervical cancer and do our regular Pap smears. I never expected to have cancer. I thought I was young and healthy and that just wouldn’t happen. I work out regularly, I eat healthy, I get plenty of res

Lucy's story: how to break the cancer news to family & friends

Your doctor tells you that you have cancer. One thing that comes to mind is: how will I tell my loved ones? Lucy Phillips, a wife and mama of four from Missouri, was diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer at only 25. Today, she shares her story and insights. Lucy's story Weeks after being proposed to by the love of her life, Lucy was diagnosed with Stage 2A squamous cell carcinoma in January 2017. After attending a routine Pap test that she admits she was behind on, Lucy was

Carol's cancer story: more sunny days

Carol Lacey is a California mountain mum, wife, sister and daughter who lives with recurrent metastatic cervical cancer. Her passion for shattering stigmas of ‘below-the-belt’ cancers is her drive to share her story and secrets on how to find #moresunnydays through cancer. Carol's story Carol is a Cervivor Ambassador. In this video, she explains how cancer has affected her: I have lost everything below my belt. I've had my ovaries, my fallopian tubes, my vagina, my bladder,

The lady or the tiger: overcoming scanxiety

This week, we talk scanxiety with Ana Reyes. The single mum of two shares her cancer journey and her take on how to cope with the stress of scans, biopsies and cancer recurrence. Ana's story Ana began having abnormal pap tests with her first pregnancy at 27. She was later diagnosed with Stage 2 Cervical Adenocarcinoma in December 2015. I underwent laproscopic surgery to remove my fallopian tubes, and relocate my ovaries out of the field of radiation. I did 28 rounds of extern

I'm not ashamed: what dating after cancer is really like

Dating is exciting - but tackling the dating scene after cancer can seem daunting. As a cancer patient or survivor, you might wonder: Am I ready to put myself out there again? In this vlog, I share my embarrassing dating story and 5 tips to rock dating after cancer. Dating after cancer: my story My story takes place a few years back. I married quite young. When I hit my thirties and separated from my husband, I moved to a new city. I had no friends, no family, no lover. That'

"I had cervical cancer and I'm NOT ashamed: 5 easy ways to shred the shame"

All you need to know about what cervical cancer is, how to protect yourself from it, and how to shred the shame that often comes from talking about our lady garden and the so called "sex cancer". But first, let me say "yes, I had cervical cancer and I’m not ashamed". Ok, I'll admit it: I'm not one to be ashamed about my cervical cancer journey. Maybe that's because I understand it or maybe that's because it takes a lot to shame a French woman about her sexuality and womanhood

Sex, vaginas & cancer research: taking on the elephant in the room

Gynaecological cancer research is ridiculously underfunded. Not only is the "elephant in the room" getting peanuts, but the elephant is getting less and less peanuts. Here's the run down and the top 21 reasons why we need cancer research to save and enhance women's lives. First, a word of warning: if you get offended when hearing the words sex and vaginas, then let's face it this blog post isn't for you. (Unless of course, there’s a woman in your life who you care about, then

I am more than a survivor

I survived cancer but that doesn't define me. Everything I know about living well beyond cancer and embracing the limitations of my own body, I learnt from mum, a polio survivor. This is her story – an inspirational tail of hope, love and overcoming hardship. Thérèse Roussin is a fighter who worked so hard for her community that she could have given her shirt before catching her breath. Those are the words of a local journalist Amélie Carrier who recently took interest in my

How yoga helps women with gynaecological cancers

How does yoga help women live well with and beyond cancer? Besides helping us restore balance and emotional well-being, yoga is magic when it comes to managing our health "down there" - anything ranging from endometriosis, ovarian cancer or other gynaecological cancers to pelvic pain, vulvar pain or lymphedema. Here is how. My story: why I embarked on a healing yoga challenge After six years cancer free, I found myself back at the hospital for a pelvic MRI, biopsy and hystero

I didn't fight cancer; I learnt to let go

Although going through cancer does feel like a battle at times, it's time for a fresh take on what "battling cancer" truly means. Cancer isn’t a fight: it's a journey Today, my teeth still grind when I hear a journalist says: “this woman loss her battle against cancer". To me, this statement doesn't only lack compassion, it's ludicrous: you can't fight against your own body. Cancer isn't an invader: it's our own cells misbehaving – a reminder to self-love and self-care. Altho