Having just returned from the beach, Glynnis Cory gave no serious thought to her annual gynecological exam. That soon changed when her doctor discovered an unusual mass. A week later, Glynnis received an unexpected blow; she had adenocarcinoma – a less common type of cervical cancer. Doctors felt it was contained and in the early stage, but required a radical hysterectomy to be completely sure. During her surgery, doctors found a cluster of cancerous lymph nodes as well, requiring Glynnis to bravely undergo six weeks of daily radiation and chemotherapy treatments.
Now several months after completing all treatments, Glynnis’ doctors are very pleased with her current test results, especially the malignancy levels within her body. For the next several years, she’ll have regular tests and scans to ensure the cancer has not returned. She looks forward to the five-year mark, when she can finally declare herself cancer-free.
Truly a people person, Glynnis credits the overwhelming love and support of her family and friends as what helped her through the tough times. All the calls of support, words of love, prayers, notes, meals, and more changed her life forever. She vows to show people each day as much love, care, compassion, and generosity of spirit they so openly demonstrated to her.
Glynnis chose an assortment of white flowers for her garden – pentas, petunias, salvia, and verbena – to represent a new, fresh start in her life. She hopes her experience will encourage others to take ownership of their health. She stresses the importance of yearly examinations, wholesome food, exercise, and plenty of sleep as part of a healthy lifestyle. Glynnis’ best advice? “Life is short. You need to love your loved ones. Don’t waste any time expressing or showing it, because none of us is promised another day and life is just too precious.”