I am a registered nurse since 1983. In 1987, I was diagnosed with HPV. Within four short years, the virus had affected my cervix, vagina, and vulva. In 1991, when my daughter was only six weeks old, I was diagnosed with invasive squamous cell cancer of the anus. This required surgical resection, chemo and radiation therapy.
I still continue to deal with recurrences including a current squamous cell carcinoma of the rectum for which I am being treated at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.
It was discouraging, that after more than two decades many women still knew very little about HPV in addition to the informational gap of those in the healthcare field. In attempt to fill this gap, I have developed an interactive website (anymothersdaughter.com) and just completed a book titled "Any Mother's Daughter" expected out this summer.
The site is certified regarding accurate medical information on the internet to assure those who visit of the validity of the documenation and information listed there. Hopefully this will be a valuable resource for women (especially the newly diagnosed), men and healthcare providers.
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