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Saturday April 13, 2024

Judy Cox


My journey with cervical cancer began in February 2017; however, the effects of the treatments continue today. After receiving chemo, external radiation, and internal radiation, I had a hysterectomy to ensure my tumor was removed in its entirety. Soon after these treatments, I began to experience urinary infections due to the radiation. I spent a great deal of time going to the operating room for bladder surgery. With the surgery, I had in-dwelling catheters as needed, and my kidneys were beginning to be impacted. As time passed the infections continued, and many times I became septic. I quickly had to learn how to self-cath. This opened the door for more infections and sepsis. On December 29, 2023, I had major surgery to remove my bladder. The surgeon built a pouch on the inside of my body with my intestines as opposed to the outside, which is called an Indiana Pouch, to store urine. This is the most major urological reconstructive surgery out there, and it will impact the quality of my life greatly. The surgery will also help improve my kidney function and reduce the number of infections and sepsis. This is my journey. It has been ongoing with ups and downs.

It was through my cancer fight that I learned about Danville-Pittsylvania Cancer Association as they provided monies to help with travel and medicine. I would like to thank God as well as my family, friends, doctors, and hospital staff for all of the support throughout these past years. A special thank you is owed to the Danville- Pittsylvania Cancer Association. Please participate in the Bridge to Bridge in order to help raise money for this awesome Association so that individuals with cancer can receive the many benefits.

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