It’s important to wear sunscreen during every season.. and don’t forget to protect your hands! @drlilyt discusses the importance of using SPF in this @spotlyte article (link to read more + product recommendations is in story)
This photo was taken 4 years ago today after I got home from having surgery to remove approximately half of my cervix. I was 23 years old and diagnosed with Cervical Carcinoma In Situ, which to some doctors is precancer and to others is stage 0 cervical cancer. My first doctor told me if it went untreated/undiagnosed, I would have been dead within 5 years due to how large the lesions were at the time. I had another doctor look at my history a year after my surgery and she confirmed that he was accurate and not exaggerating to scare me. Anyway ladies, my point of this story is to tell you to make sure you get your regular exams done. If you miss an appointment, make sure you reschedule asap. Men, make sure all the women in your life are not neglecting going to their gynecologists. It was my fault for being 23 and never going to one. I thought I was young and healthy and I could put it off. I was wrong. And I'm so glad I went when I did instead of pushing it off another few years which we all know is too easy to do. #cervicalhealthawarenessmonth#cervicalcancer#precancer#gotothegynecologist
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Part 9- From precancer, to hysterectomy, to letting go of attachments of being pregnant, getting married, buying a house, having a romantic partner, being extremely financially successful, and basically ANYTHING that hasn't happened yet- my energy ALL went towards appreciation to EVERYTHING & EVERY PERSON that is here NOW. 📸 @christinabestphotography .
I had NEVER felt so ALIVE in my life. I thought to myself- "is this for real right now? Is this what it truly takes?" .
You guys, the cherry on top was the pre cancer & hysterectomy. The TRUTH of what it took was what I started in 2016: commiting my energy to learn on how to LOVE & CARE for myself without ANYONE. Becoming my own best friend, exploring what self love would be like. Because I started to include my alone/me time on the "list to do" , the desire for having kids started to fall off the list. .
Isn't it interesting that we constantly attach ourselves to something outside of us & to something that hasn't happened yet in order to BE HAPPY? We are chasing happiness- yet we are avoiding to learn on how to practice BECOMING HAPPY NOW or GRATEFUL NOW.
I wasn't financially abundant, I didn't have my own place, I didn't have healing with my family yet, I wasn't married with kids- basically ALL THE THINGS PPL LOOK AS "HAPPINESS" or "SUCCESSFUL" -yet I had never felt so THANKFUL// ALIVE//HAPPY//AT PEACE!!!! .
You can practice some small simple actions to experience something within your life that has been the KEY to everything all along, your self love. .
If you click on my bio, you can see that you can apply for this. I decided last year to provide guidance for those of you that are feeling the exact opposite of what I've described in this post. SELF LOVE IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU!!!! ❤💪🎉✨❤❤❤❤
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Did you know that more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined? Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer and is strongly associated with UV exposure, which is why we often see these skin cancers on the face. Always wear sunblock, and see your dermatologist if you have an unknown growth that is not healing! This particular lesion was left alone for years because the patient thought it was a pimple!
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The loop excision is now complete and I couldn't have been in better hands. Jan and Dr Wang are awesome women who have made it their purpose to take care of other women. The excision itself didn't hurt but I am a little lightheaded and in considerable pain now.
Leo was with me the whole time and that was a huge comfort.
Time for rest and recovery.
Thank you to everyone who has sent me words of encouragement, concern and prayer. I love you all.
Today I'm super nervous. Tomorrow I have my electric loop excision procedure to remove pre-cancerous cell areas from my cervix. I know that this procedure wow fairly common and has a high success rate for cancer prevention but I'm still terrified. I am scared of possible pain and possible infection. I am scared of the things that could go wrong and the very real possibility of fertility issues later on.
I have had a relaxing afternoon and evening with Leo and the piggies. We caught up on chores and watched Final Space and ate a doctored up frozen pizza. Now to get some rest.
Part 7- As I continued on my journey of self compassion, self expressing myself in passion projects, stretching how far I'm willing to go with myself, & sharing on the last post of dating myself & for friends only .......
It prepped me for an unexpected event that involved hearing the words of, "the results came out way far worse than I thought, you have severe pre cancer cells in your cervix" .
I was stunned, frozen, and blank as I continued to listen from the obgyn. .
I left the room with my heart beating rapidly & a stab of saddness. I walked to my car with the thoughts of "I can't believe this, another health issue with me??? Out of all people, me??? Will I have cancer??? Am I going to die soon???" .
As I shared with the few people close to me...emotions started to hit and then I proceeded to work. EVERYTHING paused. EVERYTHING was slow. Each moment was a BIG moment. People talked to me at work and I've never heard words so clearly. I've never cherished moments ever so much. I wanted to hug people with my eyes, my words, & my vibes. .
My gratitude dropped 10 ft deeper and I said to myself, "WOW.... if only people felt like how I'm feeling right now.....is this feeling only experienced through something like this?" .
All the shit that was hanging around in my life that didn't matter went OUT THE DOOR in an instant. I took a look around my lifestyle, if I have cancer & died within the next year, am I at peace right now??? .
These are what show up to me strongly: MY SELF GROWTH, MY TIME, FAMILY, & MY TRIBE. .
THATS IT. .
Everything else is inefficient to my time. .
This was my 2018. Found out the news November 2017. Biopsy surgery was Jan 4th 2018. Hysterectomy was Feb 21st 2018. Physical healing after, graduated emotional intelligence @alasandiego & continued to refined my life even more all the way up until now.
Post 8 I will share what attachments I've let go & how my life has simplified. .
My greatest gift recieved was the pre cancer cells. It drove me to fight even more to LIVE & dismiss the unnecessary.
Don’t forget to use sunscreen during every season 🌞
Procedure: Cryotherapy for actinic keratosis (pre skin cancer) caused by years of sun exposure.
⏳Time it takes: 5 minutes
😯Pain level: Mild
📍Location: McLean, VA
✉️Email: [email protected]
7 942:00 PM Jan 6, 2019
Oral leukoplakia is defined as “A predominantly white patch or plaque that cannot be characterised clinically or pathologically as any other disorder; oral leukoplakia carries an increased risk of cancer development either in the area of the leukoplakia or elsewhere in the oral cavity or the head and neck region”. Most oral leukoplakias are homogenous, however non-homogenous features such as speckling, nodular, papillary or verrucous lesions should be carefully assessed as they are more likely to be potentially malignant. Histopathological assessment and diagnosis is essential for the management plan and this may include orthokeratosis or parakeratosis and variable degrees of epithelial dysplasia.
بقع الفم البيضاء
هي عادةً ما تكون بقع بيضاء او ترسبات يصعب تشخيصها اكلينيكياً او تحت الميكروسكوب كأي حالة اخرى، ويزيد خطر تحولها الى سرطان الفم سواء في الأماكن المصابة او في الفم و الرقبة. أغلبيه البقع البيضاء تكون متجانسة الشكل، اما الغير متجانس كالشكل المنقط او العقدي او الثؤلولي، يجب ان يتم تشخيصهم بشكل دقيق و سريع لإحتمالية تحولهم لسرطان مبكر.
التشخيص الميكروسكوبي بعد اخذ عينه من مكان البقعة مهم لرسم خطة العلاج. تعتمد الخطة على درجة تغيير الخلايا في المراحل الاولى من تطويرها الى سرطان الفم لذلك التطبيق الميكروسكبي والاكلينيكي معاً يحددان قرار استئصال البقع او المتابعة الدورية
3 3210:22 AM Jan 5, 2019
A year ago today, I got a diagnosis of precancer in my right breast. It led to two surgeries to remove effected tissue and 15 sessions of radiation therapy. It was all done to prevent the harmless precancer from developing into invasive breastcancer. .
Medically I’m in the clear. The treatment has been successful. But I’m still reminded of the diagnosis, the what-ifs and worst-cases every day. My skin is still, 7 months after radiation therapy ended, clearly tanned. And my breasts are now uneven. In volume and the size and placement of the areola. .
So I think about this daily. And have for a year. With some sadness. But also with gratitude. ’Cause I was never sick. And a great risk was reduced. And I still have two breasts. 👍
I always let it be known that January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Why? 💜 Back In 2002, right after I had my second baby I went in for my regular exam and my results came back positive. I had CIN3 which is the highest grade you can get. I ended up going in on December 20, 2002 for a LEEP procedure. 💜
“A loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is used to remove (treat) abnormal cells and tissue in the cervix. It can also be done to take a biopsy sample, which can be used to diagnose cervical cancer. This procedure uses a thin wire that acts like a surgical scalpel when heated by electrical current to cut the tissue.” 💜 I woke up in pain and continued to be in pain the next week as I had tissue passing from all that was burned in my cervix. I actually went back into the doctor because of the amount I was losing on top of blood loss. Apparently it’s normal. 💜 With the amount I had burned, the doctor said I may not be able to have children again but perhaps in time. After a year of 3 month check ups, and another year of 6 month check ups, it stayed gone. 10 years later it was back. I had my son in between, my little miracle in 2006. 💜And continued to be treated with cryotherapy since it wasn’t as bad as the first time. 2 years, 3 treatments later, it seems to have stayed gone. But there’s never a day where I don’t fear having to go back in to have it done again. (Last cryotherapy was in 2014) The more cryotherapy you have, the more it starts to hurt. It may not be “cancer,” but with this, we still get treated for Pre Cancer! 💜 As I will never understand the length woman go through to fully fight this, my support goes a long way. If this is Pre Cancer, imagine what Cancer is. Sign up for the @m.a.m.c.f walk and join in with hundreds of women who are fighting, have fought and remember those whom have lost their lives. I will be attending again with my 2nd miracle baby as I push a stroller in support of women’s cancers! Take pride! 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜 #CervicalCancerAwareness#PreCancer#CIN3#LEEPprocedure#Cryotherapy#TattooAwareness#WalkForWomen#WomensCancer#GetChecked#NotAlone#MAMCF
Make magic memories y’all. This is a throwback to one of the best summers of my life, back when I could be carefree in the sunshine. .
Thanks to the people (and horse) who helped make it magic @elliegloster88@eamondublin and Abster.
Don’t put things off guys make memories now!
Do it now!
- Steven Farrell
This side of my face was attacked by a dermatologist! He froze off 4 spots on this side of My face pre-cancer. 14 spots in all ! They where on my arms and face and ears. I am not going to workout tonight. I always say no excuses but my face hurts. #precancer#precancersucks
1 69:21 PM Dec 19, 2018
I love how yoga helped me heal. 🙏
After I found out I had precancerous cells on my cervix in the Summer of 2016 I found hot yoga in November of that year and I swear, starting hot yoga helped kick my healing journey into full gear. ⚡️
I would come out of class absolutely drenched in sweat, feeling amazing and it was fucking awesome. 😅 .
I love the mental game that comes into play, when holding a pose until it starts to burn 🔥 It goes to show how mind over matter really is true. The mind seems to be the one who wants to quit first. When the body can keep going.
A lot of my healing journey was a mental journey. Harnessing the power of my mind to allow my body do what it does naturally. Which is to heal itself. I imagined myself as completely healthy, I changed my diet, I did a lot of things that gave my body the energy it needed to repair. I have a whole new respect for the human body. When my doctors told me I couldn't heal the precancer naturally. My body showed me that it
can do anything. ✨
• | PUBLIC • SERVICE • ANNOUNCEMENT | • • PRE-CANCEROUS • is just cancer that has not hit puberty yet! get your fucking skin checked people! and for the love of all things holy - please stay the hell out of the tanning beds!
So ... another image of me pre-cancer. This was a cheeky selfie I sent to Adrian around the time we met. February 2013. Cancer struck in May 2013.
I had confidence, I felt sexy, I had cheekbones and a waistline.... FFS!
5 yrs on I'm still struggling to shift the excess weight and I avoid having my photo taken whenever possible. My goal from now onwards (not just for 2019) is to prioritise myself. I know there is a sexy, confident minx inside me somewhere!
“Self care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you”
I’m taking a much needed break from IG to spend the season with loved ones. So I’m wishing you ALL the best for now IG friends❤️. Long story long, if you suspect you have a health problem please listen to your gut instinct..it’s usually right. Two years ago I first noticed a patch of skin on my face that I knew was NOT normal. Over the past two years I’ve gotten more spots. I knew in my gut these were precancerous lesions. But told myself the following: - I don’t have time for this (if you don’t deal with this, you certainly won’t!!💀) - maybe it will go away or this isn’t happening (uh huh 👍👍just go look in the mirror and tell yourself that again) - no one else has noticed ( chances are someone close to you probably has but is too polite to say anything😮) - if it gets worse then I will go see the doctor (what wait😳..your face is going to fall off by then!) - I didn’t spend that much time in the sun ( really..?? Did you keep track🙄.) - my favourite I don’t want to worry the kids ( seriously I can’t even justify this one)
So please if you are in denial or are scared of a health issue you may be facing..look that fucker in the eye and fight for yourself..no one else can do it for you. Stay Strong! ____________________________________
*Translated in Portuguese and Italian in Comments**"
Imerman Angels is an organization that helps mentor individuals who are currently going through or starting cancer treatment. They are paired up with someone in as close of a match as possible, stage diagnosed, type of cancer etc. Imerman also provides care and support for those that are already in more of a hospice situation. You can Check them out at: or If you have any questions about mentoring someone please DM me, its a rewarding way to help someone else with the battle of their life, it is as a volunteer and there is training but such s great cause!! Please spread the word if you can't maybe a friend or family member might be interested or need help themselves, this is international!
i finally got my test results back from my cancer cell check up and drumroll please.
i have MINIMAL ABNORMAL CELLS and i am HPV NEGATIVE!!!!😁😀😊🎉🎉🎉 these are the results my body, myself, and the doctors were searching for over the past year.❤ now i can start having routine, annual paps like a normal woman, instead of a pre-cancer patient.😍 thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who prayed and gave me positive vibes. you really did something. we really did this.😍😭💕 #cervicalcancer#precancer#empowered#free
Hello Loves! I’m full of gratitude for all of your shares, donations, love, and support personally and via the Go Fund Me (link in bio). Each action makes a difference—more than you know!—and is appreciated.
I have an UPDATE! Yesterday, Lisa (my Wife, if you’re new here!) was able to join me at Memorial Sloan Kettering Center. For 5 years, I’ve gone to my gynecology-oncology appointments alone, so that felt huge. It was a big day for me and for us.
I had appointments from 9:45 am - 5:45 pm. I saw a primary care/palliative medicine specialist. I had my pre-op appointment with a nurse anesthetist (yay for CRNAs!) including an EKG and 4 blood pressure measurements. I’m in a good amount of pain, and my anxiety is no joke, so my BP wasn’t awesome. Finding peace before next Wednesday’s surgery—November 28th—is a must. If my BP isn’t better, there is a risk of surgery being postponed until my heart can calm down. Prayers for a chill nervous system are welcome! Lastly, we saw my gynecologist-oncologist, her nurse, and the tech. All of these women have taken care of me at MSKCC for 5 years, and know my long journey to yesterday, and the losses (my fertility and all that goes with it are the biggest) that led to this moment.
There were a lot of tears, and I also know more than ever that there is no other healthy path for me right now. This is actually a relief—there is nowhere to go but surrender. I also know that I am in amazing hands that truly want the best for me. My doctor sees me as a whole person and within the context of my unique life and what matters to me. I couldn’t ask for more than that in a surgeon.
As for today? Because of how my uterine situation is evolving, I’m ever more uncomfortable and will be on pain medication until the surgery and then for awhile after. This will likely make me not the most responsive (or sharp!), but pain has been making me less soft than I’d like to be, and also gotten in the way of connecting like I want to now more than ever—with an open happy heart! I’m thankful my doctor is taking this seriously and wants me to be as pain free as possible right now.
And finally, all the Love to you and yours! ❤️🙏😘
Além do câncer de colo do útero e de suas lesões, o exame ajuda a diagnosticar infecções vaginais como Gardnerella vaginalis, Tricomoníase e Candidíase. Além disso, com o exame também é possível perceber doenças sexualmente transmissíveis como sífilis, gonorreia, condilomatose, clamídia e cancroide.⠀
A partir do início da vida sexual, a mulher já deve começar a realizar o exame, lembrando que o HPV só pode ser transmitido ao colo uterino por relação sexual e é este o principal causador de câncer de colo do útero.⠀
Unhealthy Vs. Healthy
This will look very differently from person to person. 👈🏼On the left I was sick, my phone was intentionally covering the rapidly growing tumor on the right side of my neck and my belly was puffy and hard because of a growing mass in my stomach (still smiling though!) 👉🏼HEAVIEST & healthiest I’ve ever been my entire life!
And so so so happy
Just reminding myself how far I’ve come 💪🏼 I hope everyone has a kickass week!! 💚
22 6861:24 PM Aug 6, 2018
Okay so it’s no secret that I’m a bit of an over-sharer but there are some things that I think are pretty important to talk about...
Ladies, when was the last time you had a smear test?!
Mine was mid-summer...
I’d been travelling about a lot and kept postponing it until it fitted into my schedule. As usual it was a quick and easy procedure with a nurse who had seen it all before. I ticked it off of my To Do list and carried on as normal.
A couple of weeks later I got a letter in the post that I hadn’t expected. My smear results had come back abnormal.
After a colposcopy and biopsies it was confirmed that I had late-stage CIN3 precancerous cells, the direct precursor to cervical cancer... No waiting time, no in-between stage, no time to put things off like I had with my smear test.
Today I’m resting up after further treatment (which was easy & quick) to remove these cells before they become harder to manage.
Having my smear and finding these results now could have saved my life (and my ability to sprog out in the future if I ever start feeling broody...)
If I’d put it off any longer the treatment may have been more complicated against a far stronger opponent than this is/was.
So, what I’m trying to say, friends with cervixes, is don’t put off having your smear tests!
A little bit of discomfort could literally save your life.
And one more thing...
I never thought I knew anyone who’d had an abnormal smear but when I confided in my girlfriends they told me about a sister/housemate/friend who had been through a similar thing & had had successful treatment.
This was like a big hug of reassurance but it made me realise how little we talk about these things. How many women go through this stuff without knowing how common it is? So to anyone who gets a similar diagnosis... here I am as a friend to talk to if you need me. I won’t know how successful the treatment has been just yet but at least we can chat about it knowing we’re in the same boat!
127 46612:01 PM Sep 12, 2018
I used to look like this and now I don’t. ...
I used to have really, really large and perky breasts and now I don’t. I laugh when I think of how people used to ask me if my #breasts were implants ... I would say, “No, they’re just really great.” 🤣 ...
I miss them. ...
Most days I’m totally fine with my new #flat chest. It was, after all, my choice. I #fought to be this way. Never having found my #primary#breast#tumor. I couldn’t shake the thought of that #tumor seeding distant #metastasis. I had been #NEAD for two years and the goal was to just buy more #time. I couldn’t think of anything else.
I’m two years post #bilateral#mastectomy and four years since my #denovo#Stageiv#mbc#diagnosis and so much has changed. I long for my #precancer life, a less complicated place. Sometimes I don’t even recognize myself anymore, yet I’m still here and still just me. ...
So yeah, MOST days I’m totally fine, and some days I eat ice cream in bed and cry into my pillow, grieving for what was... and that’s ok too. ...
After all, tomorrow is another day. 🙌🏼
71 6444:09 AM Aug 22, 2018
After 7 long years of trying alternatives, today I’ve had a #Hysterectomy
Even though I’m only 31, with two amazing munchkins, this is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I admit I’m a very stubborn person that does not like to ask anyone for help or bother them, however, I’ll be forever thankful for my family and friends with their much needed support I didn’t think I needed both physically and emotionally during this time. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU❤️❤️ #ByeByeUterus#Endometriosis#Adenomyosis#Fibroids#Cysts#PreCancer
42 1543:29 AM May 9, 2018
✅کولپوسکوپی یک معاینه تخصصی از سرویکس ،واژن و ولو با استفاده از دستگاهی به نام کولپوسکوپ می باشد.دراین روش،به دلیل اینکه سلولهای دهانه رحم چندین برابر بزرگتر نشان داده می شوند،ضایعات پیش سرطانی راخیلی زودتراز اینکه با چشم معمولی دیده شوند،تشخیص می دهند.
📍کولپوسکوپی در افرادی که نتیجه پاپ اسمیر غیرطبیعی دارند،بکار می رود.
✅در صورت تشخیص زودرس ضایعات پیش سرطانی،درمان قطعی انجام می شود و به سمت سرطان سرویکس پیشروی نمی کند.
7 1116:47 PM Sep 22, 2017
It’s important to wear sunscreen during every season.. and don’t forget to protect your hands! @drlilyt discusses the importance of using SPF in this @spotlyte article (link to read more + product recommendations is in story)