On Monday April 16, 2007, Stephanie went to her OBGYN and found out she had a cervical polyp that needed to be removed surgically, or so we thought. She went to have outpatient surgery that Friday and the biopsy came back cancer. The following Tuesday, she saw an oncologist who determined it was stage 3B cervical cancer and that the tumor was already pushing into her left kidney. Wednesday, she saw a radiologist and Thursday she was fitted for her radiation cast and getting marked for treatments. She then had a PET scan that indicated the cancer cells might be in her lymph nodes up to the left shoulder. That Friday another oncologist confirmed those results.
During her battle with cancer Stephanie never lost her faith or sight of what was important. She said, “We will only get through this battle with Jesus on our side. My desire for all of my friends and family is to put me on prayer lists and plead with the Lord to give me the strength to climb over this wall I have recently encountered in my life. I have too much to live for, a sweet husband, Randy, a precious 18-month-old baby girl, Zoe, and a ton of friends and family who have already shown their love and support for me.” With all the bad news Stephanie received she was still determined that her experience with this ugly thing called cancer would make a difference. After many conversations with family and friends, Stephanie knew she wanted to start a foundation to raise money for education on HPV, Cervical Cancer and HPV Vaccinations.
Stephanie went through many rounds of chemo, radiation, blood transfusions and surgeries but it was not enough. She was able to see her precious baby girl, Zoe celebrate her 2nd birthday. She fought long and hard. Stephanie’s body yielded to cancer but her spirit will forever live in each life she touched.
For more information on her battle with cervical cancer, please click here to visit Stephanie’s Caring Bridge site.
We find that many people do not know or understand HPV, the causes, the symptoms, and the dangers it can impose on the body. We have found that many do not know the link between HPV and cervical cancer… Stephanie’s journey opened all of our eyes and we want to uncover the facts and information about HPV and HPV vaccines.
We are aware that everyone wants to protect their children. So many have said they are not going to let their child receive the HPV vaccine. 80% of women have had HPV and may not have known. That percentage alone says that we need to be protected from the virus. If you can get your child a vaccine that will protect them from cancer, will you do it? We protect our children from the chicken pox, from the flu, from polio… countless diseases, why would we not protect them from the cancer that kills so many girls?
Through our foundation, we want to educate, uncover, and reveal that HPV is the only link to cervical cancer. That over 50% of the women diagnosed with cervical cancer will die, and that there is a vaccination that can protect us from the suffering that Stephanie endured.
Sharing Stephanie’s story is also very eye opening to many… we just want to make those aware that this cancer CAN be prevented!