A memoir of love, hope, and empowerment
At age twenty-six, author Michelle L. Whitlock thought she had it all: she was in the best physical shape of her life, she had a promising career, and she had a budding romance that looked like it could finally be the real thing. Then doctors informed her that she had HPV. Weeks later her worst nightmare became her reality: she was diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer. In this memoir, Michelle narrates the story of her ordeal. She tells how she took charge of her healthcare and pursued an experimental surgery that treated the cancer while preserving her fertility. The surgery was a success, but just years later-a week after the love of her life proposed-Michelle discovered her cancer was back.
How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice follows Michelle as she wonders if she will live or die, have children, or enjoy sex again. This is one woman’s story of falling in love, battling HPV and cervical cancer, facing sexual dysfunction, confronting her conflicting feelings about motherhood, and becoming her own best advocate. Inspirational and honest, this memoir tells the emotional story of love, loss, resilience, and survival.