Melissa Kirkendall was diagnosed with stage 1 cervical cancer on Feb 2, 2018. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is motivating others and helping them in their journey. She also runs a video blog.
“She was diagnosed on Feb 2, 2018, in Austin TX with cervical cancer.
“I went in to get a women’s wellness check-up in Nov of 2017 and discovered I wasn’t well… after a couple more doctor visits and a surgical biopsy it was determined that I had aggressive stage 1 cervical cancer that was headed towards my lymph nodes so it was important to act quickly to hopefully get it before it got me. 2 months later I had a radical hysterectomy at MD Anderson in Houston on April 11th and a few days after that I was given the news that I was now cancer free. The surgery was successful!
Even though my journey was short, it was quite stressful as I was underinsured when the journey began and my original cancer doctor in Austin wasn’t compassionate. With determination, stubbornness, strong support from my friends and family and a little bit of cosmic luck, I managed to find a way to secure better insurance which allowed me to go to a much better compassionate doctor at one of the best cancer facilities in the world to get the treatment I needed.”
“Not Dying “
“Money. Bad insurance… but again, I stayed strong in my conviction to find a solution. Giving up just wasn’t an option. I have a philosophy that all problems and just orange cones in various sizes… but all orange cones can be removed or moved around – you just can’t give up finding the solution. I never gave up, and I was able to go with my 1st choice solution. I had back up plans, but my focus was on my 1st choice of going to MD Anderson for treatment… even my doctor at MD Anderson was delighted and surprised I figured it out!!”
“Things that I did that I feel strongly were part of why it all worked out for me that might be helpful to others who have found themselves diagnosed with cancer are:
In short. Stay positive. Think about what your best outcome could be if there were no limitations or obstacles and focus on that. Don’t claim cancer as yours… it is a foreign visitor in your body that you did not invite in and now you simply have to figure out how to get it to leave because you deserve a healthy body. You are more powerful than cancer.”
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