Last week on my 37th birthday I was diagnosed with invasive moderately differentiated squamous cell cancer of the vulva....I'm 12 weeks pregnant.
It's so hard to find any information relating to cancer in pregnancy that applies to me. It's all about breast cancer.
Apparently having Vulvar cancer is uncommon, and to be my age with it is rare...to be pregnant at the same time is even more rare....no wonder I can't find much.
If I hadn't been pregnant I would have never known I had cancer. This baby has saved my life (I hope).
I have to wait a month for surgery, so the baby won't be at risk from the general anaesthesia. From what I have been briefly told so far I will have to have a large section of my genitals removed and the lymph nodes. If I need radiation, Baby will be delivered at 28 weeks.
We haven't told our other children....
I have no idea what to expect, but I fear this will be emotionally the hardest year of my life....just being away from my kids is going to break my heart.
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