20 Years and Counting Since LMS Diagnosis

IT WAS November 16, 2000 when my husband and I were told by my Gynecologist that the biopsy done October 29, 2000, on a uterine tumor (believed to be a fibroid) removed surgically via Myomectomy, came back as Leiomyosarcoma or LMS, a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. I was immediately referred to the Kuwait Cancer Control Center (KCCC) and on November 29, 2000, my whole reproductive organs were surgically removed – uterus, two ovaries and fallopian tubes, and cervix – in what is termed as Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) with Bilateral Salpingo Oophorectomy (BSO).

As expected of a high grade tumor – more than 5 cm in size and tumor morcellated, mitotic index of more than 10/10, and areas of necrosis – I had a recurrence in September 2014, 14 years after initial diagnosis. The tumor was large and was sitting on the right side of my urinary bladder. It was excised October 17, 2014 and partial omentectomy was also done. The large tumor, according to my onco-surgeon was getting its blood supply from the omentum. Biopsy identified it as low-grade LMS, with very low mitotic index.

The pelvic tumor after its removal.

Surveillance was per standard protocol and all throughout the regular follow up at KCCC, I have had countless CT Scans of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. MRI and PET Scan were also done, as dictated by the result of the CT scans, and lots of Chest X-ray as well as Ultrasound of my abdomen and pelvis. Findings were all non-cancer related yet I continue to be followed up but this time around only physical exam and laboratory studies (Oncology Profile) will be ordered and every two years. My last follow up visit was October 4, 2020 and my next visit will be on October 10, 2021.

It is more than a milestone having reached 20 years. It is a miracle, I should say, and pious as I am, I attribute it to God’s healing. My prayers have always been answered! And I never cease praying and because of my strong faith in God I never worry.

Long may I live so I can continue with my charities and other humanitarian endeavors!

About Author

Freda Editha O. Contreras
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

2 Comments

  1. Freda Editha O. Contreras (Post author)

    God bless you, too, Kristine. Many thanks for the prayers. Do visit my blog and get inspired by my struggles in life successfully hurdled through God’s guidance and abundant blessings. Stay safe always.

    Lovelots,
    Tita Freda

  2. Kristine decleto

    God bless you mam Freda. I will include u in my prayers po ❤️ I love you and God bless u abundantly

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