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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
In the last few years I have heard more and more about the VP Virus. HPV is a virus transmitted by having sex with an infected partner. The virus can go away on its own or can result in cervical cancer. Michelle L. Whitlock shares her fight against cervical cancer in "How I Lost My Uterus and Found My Voice". Michi had her whole life before her. She was a two year cancer survivor. She and Mark were planning their barefoot beach wedding in Jamaica, when she received the call from Dr. C. Michi experienced itching and burning to the point of wanting to scream. She was repeatedly treated for yeast infections, causing the doctor to run tests. After receiving the test results Michi decided to be proactive and not allow the cancer to control her. The doctors recommended a complete hysterectomy but she refused to allow the radical treatment. She opted for RVT and even became the “poster girl” for an article on Dr. B and the procedure. But the cancer returned. I usually refer to authors by their last names but I can’t do that this time. I have never physically met Michelle Whitlock and yet feel that I know her well enough to call her Michi. Michi holds back nothing. She shares the details of her radiation and chemo, none of which is pretty. After beating cancer again she had to be treated for the damage the treatments did.
I am unsure what to say about this book. I can assure readers that Michi has done a wonderful job sharing her life. I can tell the readers that the photographs add much to the text. The book is well-organized and Michi is a very talented writer. I can say all of these things truthfully. But what I really want to say is that Michi is a brave, courageous young woman. Not everyone would be able to share their experiences the way Michi has done. She has told her tale with brutal honesty. The end of her book has information about the new HPV vaccine. I admire this woman because she has not hesitated to share the details of her life in the hope of saving someone from going through hell. “Cancer taught me how precious life really is,” she says. Thank you Michi; you are one of the unsung heroes.