So, how does one begin to tell the story that changes her life? I guess we start at the beginning. My name is Marty Hite. In December 2015 I went to my primary care doctor with what I thought was a UTI. Well after discussing my symptoms and well to be honest the lack of a recent GYN exam, he thought it would be a good idea to do a quick exam while I was there. So ok why would I think this would be out of the ordinary? Right? How things can change in the blink of an eye. During his exam, he saw something abnormal. A small growth turned my world upside down. He had an OGBYN friend and set me up with an appointment that same day to have a biopsy. The results of that…the dreaded C word. So how does one deal with this devastating news right during the holiday season??? I was supported by great friends and family, but it was not the best holiday for sure. I was sent to the Derek Davis Cancer Center in Winston Salem NC. Dr. Skinner did another exam and came to the same conclusions as the others and suggested a full radical hysterectomy that was scheduled for January 2016. In just 1 simple month my world has turned upside down. So here I am thinking that a full radical hysterectomy would take care of this and everything would be fine but nothing is ever that easy. After the surgery, the pathology of the walls of my uterus small cell carcinoma cells was found. My doctor told me that this was a very rare and very aggressive type of cancer. This new meant that my fight was just beginning. We discussed the best treatments and decided to throw the kitchen sink at it and we did. I had 18 sessions of chemotherapy Cisplatin and Etoposide. This was divided, into the first 3 rounds of chemo. Followed by 26 external radiation and 4 internal with Cisplatin during the radiation and ending with the last 3 rounds of the dynamic duo. During the radiation, my blood numbers dropped which led to me getting a total of 5 blood transfusions. We can say that the last round of the chemo was rough.
My last treatment was in July 2016 and it was an exhausting 6 months. My red blood cell and hemoglobin numbers are still below average however not within critical levels. Radiation damage has left me anemic for life. With all stories there is always an ending and mine right now is a happy one. For starters, I have been clear of cancer for 3 years. All through my fight, I struggled to find a reason as to why me. Why did I have to fight this battle? I found a support group online that would provide me with my answer. I learned that a group of ladies that were fighting or had fought the same exact battle met each year for fellowship and a celebration of life. Never would I dreamed how much these women would become my life mission. I have become a member of a new family with this group of women that have strengthened my heart and soul and I am proud to call them friends and family. I will forever be changed by this unforeseen development but with every new experience in life, we learn and grow which only keeps me moving forward.
In 2017 two survivor sisters and I formed Sisters Against Rare Cervical Cancers a nonprofit to help the brave women diagnosed with these horrible cancers. Our goal is to help with the everyday struggles of life that these ladies face.
We help with gas cards to allow women to travel to and from treatments. We buy groceries for single moms unable to work because of their ongoing battle. We help fund travel to MD Anderson in Houston, the only research hospital doing research for our cancer at this time. We send each sister in treatment a teal support blanket to let them know that they are not alone in their fight. We supply needed home medical supplies. We run a grant program for ladies to apply for any needed assistance. We try to help these women and their support system in a way we can.