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Updated on September 2, 2011

The Fight with my body

A Survivor after being diagnosed with Uterus and Ovarian Cancer

It was my decision not to have Chemotherapy or Radiation. [Part 3]

I was to return to see my specialist five weeks after being discharged from hospital. An appointment was made. I was to then give my decision as to what I was going to do. In the mean time I decided to do some research on my own on the net. I read everything I could get my hands on about treatments, surgeries and the cancer that I had. The survival rate with the treatments, the side effects. How the treatments impact on the body.

When I had my post operative visit the Specialist was very happy with my healing, there were no indication of any problems. He actually found it remarkable how well I healed.

I told him I felt a small lump developing on my right side of my abdomen. He checked it out and told me to wait until my next visit with him in three months time, it may only be scar tissue.

As time passed I felt the lump was getting larger, I started to think the worst. I decided to dismiss the thoughts; I will deal with whatever comes to be. I had a dream about my dad; he had passed away in 1992. I was telling him about the lump he laid his hand where the lump was and told me not to worry all will be fine, he then embraced me.

When I went back to see my specialist I told him about the lump getting larger. He examined me and he decided it was best to remove it and have it tested. A hospital date was set for another surgery. I cannot remember what I thought, sometimes we just go numb it is easier not to feel anything. Family and friends were told, prayers continued as did well wishes. The day came and off I went, when I returned to my bed I saw a large bandage across my abdomen, it seemed the cut was larger than the one I had for the hysterectomy, a little concerned as to why.

When my Specialist came he explained, apparently he removed a one kilo lump, just over two pounds. We had to wait a few days to know what the tests results were. The recovery went well otherwise. Finally the day came the tests had been finalized and it was all just fatty tissue, no cancer anywhere. Thank God! Another post operative appointment was made. All was well everything was healing.

For the first year I saw my specialist every three months. Now I see him every six months. I know this is important because I did not undergo any treatments. It keeps my mind at rest as well. It will be seven years this Christmas I will be cancer free.

I also had a BCC skin cancer removed from my nose, a few months after the last surgery.

I was diagnosed at the same time I had the uterus cancer. This one had to wait until all other surgeries were completed. Altogether I had undergone four surgeries in seven months.

I finally decided that I was going to do all I could to improve my immune system by keeping my body healthy. I decided to check the labels of every item of food that I bought making sure there were no chemicals or additives, trans- fats, canola or vegetable oil in them. I would not eat any diet food only natural foods, I washed all my fruit and vegetables well in warm water were possible. I read about vitamins, herbs and minerals, what was needed for the body to function well. I had to consider if the medication I was taking would have any ill effects with the natural products I was going to use. You need to either check with your doctor or a naturopath.

I also included a range of products from Rachway to boost my immune system. This consists of Fermented Papaya Products. These products I have only started using about a year ago.

No wonder my immune system broke down one year after everything. I caught the flu in May 2006. I was sick for six weeks, then in June 2006 something started happening to my body no one could explain what or why. I was going through an immune system breakdown where my skin peeled to raw flesh for sixteen months, I lost all my body hair and insulation under my skin, my blood started to clot, and no one knew what to do. That is another story.

Life is very fragile and precious,

By Leokadia Durmaj

Copyright © 1st September 2011


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      Joseph S. Spence, Sr. 9 months ago

      Great survival story. I just love it. God bless you always!!!

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      Leokadia Durmaj 5 years ago

      Thank you Sunshine625, yes it is true, I guess sometimes there is divine intervention and we make the right choices, I believe that Angels were watching over me. My father and brother's spirit came to be with me, my father laid his hand on my stomach and told me I will be alright. This was about two months after my first cancer surgery. I had developed a lump in my lower abdomen, one kilo in fact and it had to be removed. It was only fatty tissue, thank God. Plus I do have amazing family and friends. Also poetry helped me to heal in my mind body and soul, it kept my thoughts busy. May times thoughts crossed my mind as to whether my decision was the right one, but I would not allow myself to dwell on it because in my heart I knew I would never ever contemplate having Chemo or radiation. Time will tell if this will be something others may contemplate in the future. Wishing you a safe, healthy and Happy Easter....

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you again for sharing your journey. No one knows our bodies like we do. We are in control of our choices. You are a brave woman. Thank you Lee and Bob!

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      Leokadia Durmaj 6 years ago

      Thank you Jan, I guess my life is in God's and His Angels hands, I could not ask for better protection. My specialist, Dr Christopher Bradbury, whom I saw yesterday for my six monthly check up, asked me, so which Saint do we attribute your survival, I told him I pray to seven Saints but not for me, for my family and friends and my family and friends pray for me, we give the gift of love to each other through prayer. Dr Bradbury's answer was, it is a miracle that I have survive from the type of cancer I had. I guess I am blessed in so many ways. My greatest joy comes from helping those I love.

      Wishing you a wonderful day.

      Sending love and hugs. Lee

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      Jan Henson 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story and giving hope and courage to hopes are that you stay healthy and fit for the rest of your to you my dear friend...Jan xx

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      Leokadia Durmaj 6 years ago

      It was kind of you Joseph to read my story, thank you so much. What I discovered was that you need faith in God, a strong will, natural healing and love from your family and friends, everything in life is possible when you have all these elements. To remember we each have a purpose in this life, our own journey to complete and many lessons to learn.

      Sending Blessings always, Lee

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      Joseph S. Spence, Sr. 6 years ago

      It's just amazing what the body can take or cannot take. One must know the natural path to healing the body. You may have discovered it.

      Blessings always,


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      Leokadia Durmaj 6 years ago

      Thank you Kelly and Peter for your kind comments, I do appreciate you reading my story. Take care always, Lee

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      I read all three, Bravo!


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      Kelley Eidem 6 years ago from Panama City, FL

      Beautiful! It just shows that cancer can be easy to cure if we let our body restore its natural processes.

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      Leokadia Durmaj 6 years ago

      I see God in every ones loving heart and soul

      In the stars heaven and the ocean below

      He is in every creation known to us all

      In every sunset and sunrise our eyes behold

      If we have faith and love that we are in God's care,

      Then we can believe His Angels are with us everywhere.

      Thank you everyone, sending love and hugs, Lee

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      Erich Goller 6 years ago

      I read your three part story, your remarkable Lee with the fight you put up against the cancer to enjoy more of your life. I know what a fight it is I'm going trough it myself, I have refused Chemo treatmants,I been to three operations and hope that the cancer did not spread,Mother died of cancer so did one of my brothers.

      It is a hard fight and I hope I can win it.

      Time will tell. I wish you all the best Lee and keep on fighting.God bless uyou.Hugs!Erich

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      Daveda Gruber 6 years ago from Hermitage PA USA

      Now I want to hear about your immune system breaking down. What caused it and were you able to restore it. Sending you love Lee.

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      poetryalliance 6 years ago from Scarborough UK. Puerto De La Cruz Tenerife

      You are an outstanding person a real good example of a loving caring woman that is led by her faith ... God Bless you always ... Pat xxx

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      Gillian Tindale 6 years ago

      I think that what is most inspiring about your story is that you let nothing defeat you. Whatever problem you encountered along the way, you did the research and you had the courage and the faith to follow through.

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      Ruth Thomas 6 years ago

      Amazing account of your fight with cancer..Now, I have to find the first two interviews! I can't help but feel that your positive attitude and your faith have played a big part in your recovery. This is fascinating reading!

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      Kris T Steitz 6 years ago from Okolona, Kentucky

      God Bless you Mrs. Durmaj.