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Cervical Cancer Survivor Says Never Give Up

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Zhenia Rubi Cardona - Cervical Cancer Survivor
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” – Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)

Zhenia Rubi Cardona was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November 2016. She has successfully defeated her disease. She likes makeup and tattoos.

The Diagnosis

“After two months of being hospitalized with excruciating abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, and throwing up! Being told time after time that there was nothing wrong with me, that it was all in my mind yet I was being pumped every two hours with morphine by IV and every 4 hours I was given Oxy just to calm my pain and bring my vitals back to normal.

One of the doctors actually pulled my dad aside and told him that I might just be seeking drugs. It was not until one doctor took the time and told me to see him as soon as I got out of the hospital, that doctor had me take test after test and on November 01, 2016 I was diagnosed with a rare aggressive form of Cervical Cancer called Glassy cell carcinoma. By the time I saw my Oncologist it had spread throughout my whole reproductive system and spread to my chest. On November 9th I had my port put in and November 10th was my first chemotherapy treatment.”

The Journey

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“My cancer journey was such a horrible experience for me. I was so sick, I had chemotherapy every 21 days and out of the month I only had one week that I felt well enough to actually get out of the house. I had to stop working, move in with my parents and get used to having someone help me with everything from walking to eating, but through it all I had the support of my family and my boyfriend who helped me cope and get through everything and of course my number one supporter God, my faith and family helped me get through the nightmare I called Cancer.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“My faith and my family”

Biggest hindrance

“My own mind, coming to terms with the fact that I would never be able to naturally have children. Also my physical appearance, losing my hair affected me more than I ever thought it would because now people could look at me and see that I was sick, I couldn’t hide it anymore!”

Message to other cancer patients

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“Never give up! Just when you think you can’t go on and you have given all you can give, pray and ask God for strength and I kid you not he will not let you down!

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