Age 46, St. Clairsville
Vicki with her daughters Katrina and Dani
Vicki with her husband Joe
My cancer story:
The day I got the news from Dr. Bala, I was working at my job in the Schiffler Cancer Center. He told me he needed to see me. I thought I was going through menopause. I never thought for one second I would be diagnosed with the C-word.
The day was Oct. 7, 2013. A day that is very special for me and my family. It was my mother's birthday. This is the day she would have turned 76.
My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 55 years old. The cancer had spread to her back and her brain. She fought her battle for many years. She passed away at the age of 68.
I thought to myself, how ironic is it, that I work at the Schiffler Cancer Center and that I found out I have uterine cancer on my mom's birthday. The news at the time was, to say the least, quite devastating. I see people everyday in my profession go through this, and I lived with the misconception it would never happen to me.
By the end of October, I saw Dr. McBee at Mon-General in Morgantown. He performed a total hysterectomy. In December, I went to see Dr. Pollock and started my radiation treatments. They tell me I am cancer free! I had a wonderful team of doctors and nurses treating me and I can't thank them enough. My family, friends and my co-workers were a great support group. They helped me through it all. After four weeks, I went back to work.
One lesson learned on your cancer journey:
My lesson learned was not to take life for granted. Listen to what your body is telling you. If it is telling you something is wrong, then go see your doctor and get it checked.
Message to newly diagnosed and patients in treatment:
If you get the news you have cancer, STAY POSITIVE!! TELL YOURSELF YOU CAN FIGHT THIS!!! I WILL NOT LET IT BEAT ME!!!
Vicki's oldest daughter has been very active in the Relay for Life. She has been catering the survivor's dinner for the last four years and her catering business will be catering again this year. However, she will be at the Survivor's The Relay For Life of Belmont County will take place on June 13-14 at St. Clairsville Stadium. If you are a survivor and/or you would like to get involved in Relay For Life, please visit www.relayforlife.org/belmontcounty or call 888-227-6446 x3206.