Hi! I’m Jennifer Caputo and I’m very excited to be able to bring to you all the wonderfully valuable tools that helped me to help myself when I needed it the most. In 2007, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer after insisting something was wrong for months. Six months prior to my diagnosis, I was casually told by my doctor of 21 years that I was just dealing with an irregular cycle and that a uterine ablation would take care of my frequent and unpredictable hemorrhaging.
Fortunately for me, when biopsies proved inconclusive, he recommended a genius of a Gynecologic Oncologist to me, who was incredibly thorough and wasted no time in getting me the care that was needed to conquer the now six-centimeter mass that was embedded in and protruded from my cervix. After two more biopsies and a cat scan, a plan was put into place for me to be treated with chemotherapy 24/7 for two weeks; one week at the beginning of my treatment and one week at the end.
To pack a punch against the body wanting to quickly heal and repair the tumor, daily radiation was recommended for two months for an added knockout blow. But to REALLY to sure the malignancy was conquered, internal radiation procedures were peppered in between the chemo and daily external radiation treatments. It was a wild ride!
To my delight, I was assigned a second primary doctor; a Radiation Oncologist, who would see me separately and apart from my Gynecologic Oncologist. SCORE! I now had a team of two doctors. My Radiation Oncologist was an angel of a doctor. She was so young and vibrant. She lit up the room every time she walked in. When I first saw her shoes beneath the curtain, I immediately knew she was sent just for me. Her voice was as sweet as her face, which matched her most pleasant personality.
I remember overhearing my gynecologist asking specifically for her to see me and it was very clear as to why. She was tranquility in M.D. form. I was blessed to be placed in two sets of competent and accomplished hands that lifted my spirits more than they could ever know. The warm, calm demeanor of both doctors and their patience for my every need gave me such a sense of security. I wanted to get well for them just as much as I had wanted to for myself and my family.
December 17th marks my cancer-free anniversary. Ten years this year! According to the doctors, the cancer-free date is marked by the date of diagnosis, which for me would be August though I don’t remember the actual day I was diagnosed. I choose to celebrate being cancer-free on the day I had my surgery. The moment when I woke and saw Dr. D standing at the foot of my bed, shaking my big toe over the sheets, announcing to me that everything was out, no lymph nodes were affected and that I was cancer-free. Music to my ears! I can hear his words as clearly now as if he spoke them yesterday.
The intention of this blog is to share what I have learned with you with the hope that you will find some peace and comfort within these virtual pages. This site is designed to encourage you to work purposefully and intentionally along your journey with as big a smile as you can muster with a positive light in your soul, regardless of where you are at this time.
I’d love to help you enjoy the process~