In October 2012, at the age of 45, I was diagnosed with fallopian tube cancer after 18 months of receiving treatment for a gastrointestinal illness that I did not have. I credit the last gastrointestinal doctor I went to for saving my life; he was able to see it was not a GI issue that was causing my problems.
Following his direction, I went to a gynecologist. I told the gynecologist I thought it was a “cyst” that had been causing my pain. She discovered my right fallopian tube was filled with what she thought was fluid. The tube looked like a very large sausage link wrapped around my ovary. When the pathology results came back, the doctor was surprised to discover it was not a fluid-filled tube, but a tumor. I was diagnosed with high grade three fallopian tube carcinoma; this cancer behaves like and is treated as ovarian cancer. Soon after, they found the same thing in my left fallopian tube and uterus. I am currently undergoing continuing chemotherapy treatment.
Prior to this, I worked as a nurse. While I miss being a nurse and caring for my patients, my passion is photography. I have recently started La Vita e’ Bella – Photography by Christine Esposito. Life truly is beautiful and I strive to capture the precious moments that we too often miss in the business of life. I believe there is a reason for everything that I have gone and am going through. Through all of this, I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.
I am married to George Esposito and have three children, Kayla, Luke and Sean and one granddaughter, Khloe. We are currently awaiting the arrival of our second grandchild in July!
(Photo: Christine Stickle Esposito; 2013 Cancer Institute Holiday Card artist and fallopian tube cancer survivor)