Lynn’s Cancer Survivor Story:
There is a lot of cancer in my family. My dad and uncle both had it twice. My first cousin is having a second bout of throat cancer. Three cousins had breast cancer, and my aunt had uterine cancer. So because of my family history, I was watching for something.

In the summer of 1997, I had the worst pain of my life, in my stomach. I thought it was appendicitis. I was on my way to the emergency room when it passed, so I didn’t go. At the end of that summer, I moved from Fort Lauderdale, FL, to northern Florida for a new teaching job. I felt nauseous, but I thought it was just the stress of changing jobs. Then my periods went from being just one day to three. I had always been regular, like clockwork.

I remember I was going on a date and had been feeling crampy all day. I was supposed to see the doctor the following week; I was just waiting for my new insurance to kick in. On my date, I started bleeding – really bleeding. My date worked in emergency response, so he was very calm and took me home. When the bleeding wouldn’t stop...
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