Cervical cancer
posted by Mrsmoleary
25 July 2020

Scared of dilator

Last reply: 29 July 2020 15:15

Hi all,

I just found this forum and wish I had found it several months ago. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer on 26th February 2020, had a radical hysterectomy on 31st March and then 23 sessions of radiotherapy finishing on the 19th June. It's been just over a month since my last radiotherapy but I still cant bring myself to use the dilator to prevent the scar tissue. Honestly I dont know why. I am 36 years old and do wish to continue having a normal sex life but just cant mentally bring myself to follow the advice.

I suppose I've just found it difficult to access supports during the pandemic and although technology is great, I do find it very difficult to say anything other than I'm fine in these zoom calls or whatever technology is being used.

I also wonder how everyone is feeling about returning to work. Financially I'm very lucky in that I'm under no pressure to return any time soon, however it has been mentioned to me on several occasions by medical professionals about when I plan on returning. Honestly, I dont feel up to returning to work just yet, I usually work 60/70 hour weeks and know myself I wouldn't be able to keep up with my colleagues right now.

Thanking you in advance for taking the time to read and any advice you can offer.

1 comment


commented by Cancer Nurse
29 July 2020

29 July 2020 15:15

Hi, I am sorry to read of on you post of your diagnosis and treatment for cervical cancer. The treatment is very invasive, and life changing. It is understandable that you are distressed and reluctant to return to work. Getting support at this stage is very important as it is a well know fact that distress can increase when treatment finishes. If you think it would help to talk about this then please call us on the Cancer Nurseline on 1800200700 and we will do our best to support you. Regards. Cancer Nurse







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