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After Bed faith in vulva weeks, the lump became infected, with a creamy yellow discharge. Slightly concerned, Karen finally consulted her GP, who agreed with her diagnosis of a Bartholin cyst. When two courses of antibiotics failed, she was put on the waiting list at Southend general hospital.

It never occurred to me that the lump might be life-threatening," says Karen, of Hockley, Essex. A month later, it had doubled in size.

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Walking was difficult, standing was painful, while sitting was virtually impossible. In agony, she went to accident and emergency. Again, she was diagnosed with a Bartholin cyst.

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In a brief operation the following day, the cyst was drained. Karen returned home, relieved. Four days later, she was bleeding. She went back to the hospital. I had a massive, aggressive tumour within my vagina.

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At the time of my first operation, the histology hadn't yet come back. Now it had and the diagnosis was vulval cancer - cancer of Bed faith in vulva vagina. I'd never even heard of it before.

I didn't know women could get it and I was devastated. The shock was unbelievable. Vulval cancer is one of the rarest forms of cancer. In Britain, around 1, cases are diagnosed a year. The majority occur in women in their 70s or 80s. A type of skin cancer - as it occurs on the skin of the vagina - the tumours are generally slow-growing.

In Karen's case, the tumour was 5cm and deep rooted. Karen becomes passionate when she remembers what happened after her initial diagnosis: Then a flap would be inserted.

I told the doctor that I would rather die than be deformed. I said I didn't want the operation if it meant that my clitoris was removed or my vagina disfigured in any way.

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I was adamant that I wanted to remain a woman. I didn't want to be an 'it'. It wasn't about sex. To me, not having a vagina would have meant that I was no longer Karen.

Determined to have the operation and subsequent reconstruction on her own terms, and aware that the NHS offered post-surgery reconstruction, Karen set about finding the right gynaecological surgeon and plastic surgeon. After extensive research, she selected Raj Varma, a consultant gynaecologist, to remove the tumour, and consultant plastic and reconstructive and burn surgeon, Mark Gittos, to reconstruct her vagina. Before the operation, she broke the news to her three children, Stacy, 20, Christopher, 19, and Natasha, She particularly dreaded telling Christopher.

He found it hard to cope with. No year-old boy wants to discuss his mother's vagina. In the end, though, he came to regard Bed faith in vulva like any other cancer. He just wanted me to survive. Her long-term partner, Darren, 32, was consistently supportive and took her to Basildon hospital, where she had the five-hour operation.

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Varma removed the tumour, both groin lymph nodes and lymph glands, and tissue surrounding the tumour. Once the tumour was removed, Gittos took over.

In a relatively new procedure which he normally does just twice a year he began reconstructing Karen's vagina. In order to fill the hole in her vagina, I cut a portion of tissue - 15cm long and 5cm wide - from the fold Bed faith in vulva her right buttock. The scar was then hidden in the crease of her buttock. The tissue - which contained a blood vessel and an artery - was lifted up on three sides, rotated degrees, then turned inside into Karen's vagina, rebuilding it.

It was then sutured into place.

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Eventually, in a matter of months, or even years, nerves will grow there again. Karen was originally scheduled to remain in hospital for two weeks after the operation. Smiling at the memory of her own determination, she says: I did my utmost to obey the four most important rules: I left the hospital after a week. By now, she had given up her job as general manager of a Bed faith in vulva. Three weeks after the operation, she began a day course of one minute of radiotherapy per day.

She was in a great deal of discomfort, but never wavered from her goal of returning to normal as quickly as possible. We loved each other. Sex wasn't an issue and he knew that everything would be all right in a few months. Eight weeks after the operation, Karen summoned up the courage to have sex once more.

We took things very slowly. My vagina looked like a patchwork quilt, and all of a sudden I panicked that it wouldn't hold together. A week Bed faith in vulva, we tried again.

Although there was some numbness at the top of my right leg, the sensation in my vagina felt normal. Sex was exactly the same as before the operation, and I was thrilled.

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Considering that nearly a third of my vagina had been removed, the outcome was miraculous. Although Karen has managed to sustain her sex life, the rest of her story has not ended so positively. She and Darren broke up, she says for reasons unrelated to the cancer.

And although she has a new partner, Karen's life is still fraught with uncertainty.


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