Undergoing a radical hysterectomy is not on any 27 year old woman's radar, let alone when you are pregnant with your first child!
Lisa was just 6 weeks pregnant when her GP performed a routine pap smear. When the Doctor called the next day, she was told she had abnormalities in her results and required further testing and biopsies. When she was 18 weeks pregnant, Lisa was told she had cervical cancer.
Specialists told Lisa she had 2 choices; terminate your baby and undergo a radical hysterectomy or continue the pregnancy and fight the cancer by undergoing chemotherapy that could potentially harm her unborn Daughter. Both Lisa and her partner Charlton desperately wanted this baby, so their decision was made.
Over a 10 week period Lisa went through 6 cycles of chemotherapy, and after the first 6 weeks the tumour had reduced in size by 30%. Incredibly, just before delivering her Daughter, Lisa was told that her tumour had miraculously disappeared!
On 28 March 2012, Eadie was born at 34 weeks without a single health complication! Lisa underwent a radical hysterectomy immediately following her ceasarean, but was fortunate enough to retain one of her ovaries so she has the option of pursuing surrogacy in the future.
Eadie is now a beautiful, healthy almost 5 year old who saved her Mum's life through that early pregnancy pap smear.
Lisa is a huge fan of Fight on the Beaches, having attended the Ball previously as a guest. When asked why she supports the fundraising efforts of Fight on the Beaches she said "because it's an amazing cause! Most people these days have been touched by cancer very close to their heart, with someone they love affected by this disease. The team behind the Ball are all volunteers and do an outstanding job, with such passion all year round to raise much needed funds."
When asked what research has meant to her, Lisa's answer was simple "it saved my life!'
Lisa's message to all female Fight on the Beaches followers is to get a regular pap smear! While we don't have a cure for this insidious disease, early detection is the next best thing. There is no point putting off these tests as cancer escalates so quickly and a simple test can save your life.
If you are overdue for your pap smear, please click here and click the green 'register' button to be put on a wait list for the next free 'Fight for a Cure Cancer Screening Clinic' which provides free cervical, breast and skin cancer screening with a local GP, and a free creche facility for pre-school aged children (0-6yrs).
Thank you Lisa for sharing your inspirational story with us!