Undergoing a radical hysterectomy is not on any 27-year old’s radar, let alone when you are pregnant with your first child. Hence why our gorgeous girl Eadie Piper is truly a miracle!
At just six weeks pregnant I underwent a routine pap smear and abnormalities were found. At 18 weeks after a number of rounds of tests and biopsies, we were advised I had cervical cancer. As you can imagine, it’s one of the most devastating pieces of news you could get when expecting your first baby.
Specialists told us we had two choices; terminate the baby and undergo a radical hysterectomy or continue the pregnancy and fight the cancer. We were advised that undergoing chemotherapy whilst pregnant could potentially harm our unborn daughter but we both felt we had to take this gamble. My partner, Charlton, and I desperately wanted this baby, so our decision was made. We were going to fight, stay positive and do all that we could to keep this little girl.
Over a 10 week period I went through six cycles of chemotherapy and after the first six weeks, the tumor had reduced in size by 30%. Incredible!
On 28 March 2012, Eadie Piper was born at 34 weeks without a single health complication! I underwent the radical hysterectomy immediately following the caesarean. I was fortunate enough to retain one of my ovaries so we have the option of pursuing surrogacy in the future. Eadie is now a beautiful, healthy, almost 7 year old who saved my life.
I always say, early detection is number one.
If cancer is diagnosed in the early stages, people may have a chance. Everyone has special woman in their life; a mother, a daughter, an aunt, a friend, a colleague or a sister so we all need to do what we can to ensure no one else is impacted by this terrible disease.