pelvic exenteration

My daughter was diagnosed with cervical ca two yrs ago. She underwent a radical hysterectomy and radiation. She has followed up with her gyn oncologist and was scheduled yesterday for surgery to repair the damage caused by the radiation. She has had numerous implantations of stents, pet scans ets. Prior to the surgery they did some biopsies since we had a different oncologist. He did not think things looked normal. Well he was right. We are just devastated. She went from a repair surgery to one that will leave her with two bags and God only knows what else. She needs to have a MRI and another PET scan. Is she going to live through this? What quality of life will she have after?

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I had a pelvic exenteration surgery 2 months ago. I'm doing pretty well now and I am going to try and go back to work pt next week. It is a huge life changing surgery but it can also be a life saving surgery. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, but yes she will make it through this and can still have a good and happy life.

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Prayers for your daughter and to you Mrs. Fletch! The strength and fight of the women on here is amazing! Hugs and much love to you all and know we are all pulling for you guys:)

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I'm sorry, I didn't know and have changed it to members only. Thankyou

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Hello everyone,

I had a pelvic exentoration about 2 years ago. I needed it because of a very rare tumor I had on my tailbone called a myopappillary ependymoma or MPE for short. I am a 39 year old mom with two beautiful girls aged 6 and 21/2 years. I knew I needed ths operation if I wanted to live and the pain that this tumor was giving me was unbearable and I welcomed this operation to get rid of the pain. It has been a very long road but I want to let anyone faced with this operation know that you will get through it and you can live a pretty normal life afterwards. I was in hospital for 4 weeks in total and then had a hospital bed in my livingroom for about 5 or so months. I had to lie on my right side for most of my recovery so that my wound could heal. I have 2 bags that I use for my waste disposal.....this was something that I was really worried about before surgery but they have become a way of life for me now. I can wear normal clothing, go on trips, swim....pretty much anything. The only problem I have is chronic pain in my legs. I am on pain medication to help with that.
If anyone has any questions or just wants to chat, please feel free to message me.

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I had this surgery nearly four months ago now. (sept 14, 2012). I was stage 3cc and got over 18 months of remission. Then a recurrence vaginally. PE was my only option.

The surgery went well and the first few weeks of recovery went extremely well. I then had some complications like bladder infections, abscess, and a fistula. I am still recovering. Dealing with some hip/leg pain. Not sure what is causing it yet.

Otherwise I feel pretty normal. I have a neo-bladder (Indiana pouch) through which I cath through a stoma in my lower abdomen. It's a life change but it's already become so simple and easy to do. I have a temporary colostomy bag. I am used to it now too. They are easy to change, clean, etc. And I wear jeans, slacks, and pretty much any kind of shirt. My colostomy will probably be reversed in a few more months.

Life does go on after a pelvic exenteration. The recovery period takes quite a while and she will need to be patient with that. But this surgery can save lives! It is very worth while!!!!

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I told my daughter about you. She is 37 and has a daughter 15 and a son 10. Yesterday she spent the day in bed because of being depressed. I know this is a big thing for you girls being so young and she is trying hard to make sense of all of this, and is wondering why this has happened to her. What state do you live in? We are in Pennsylvania.

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I'm almost 5 years post PE! Yippee! Had a rough time and long recovery, but so thankful now. I'm now 42 with 3 kiddos and so thankful to be here with them. My parents and inlaws were extremely supportive, helping with the kids and nursing me back to health. Hang in there. It's a journey! And I think your daughter is going to go through several stages of grief and loss, but eventually find her source of strength and start fighting back. She's lucky to have you and to get another chance!

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