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Ep. 13 Gain Strength, Courage and Confidence Through the Most Difficult of Experiences

Updated: Sep 24, 2019



"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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"It's not going to take away how I live my life," says Karla Fish who was told at the age of 20 she wouldn't make it past the age of 21. It was a time in her live where she lose her infant daughter. That's when she found out she had cancer throughout her pregnancy.

Today she says she's a different person than that 20-year-old. In 2019 Karla turns 40-years-old and lives a life as an optimist and a loving wife and is surrounded by love and confidence she never could have imagined.

Karla turned her diagnosis into hope, and in the last three yers she's become public, and able to share her story with hopes to help other women who may be in the dark with their diagnosis.


Karla says you need to put your health first.


Today she says she loves her husband on such a deep level because they have had some difficult situations. She says going through uterine cancer was something she went through with her husband it wasn't just her. She says anything can be thrown at us and if we really put things into perspective we can get through it. "I see Dwayne in such a different way than I have before, we are so connected," she says.


A lot of women are afraid to share this because it's a "womanhood" disease. In quotes. She says people open up to her when has events to spread awareness.


Karla says when she shares her story she's seen that "We don't put ourselves first as women, we put ourselves last, women still put their health last, we worry about everything but ourselves." Just as we should be checking in with our heart, Karla says "we need to be checking in with our health. Women do not put themselves first this hurts my heart."

Listen to Karla's full story on the @HeyHeart143 Podcast and connect with Karla on Instagram @MrsKarlaFish.


"Check yourself first and then you can be there for everyone else."


Find Karla via hashtag - #IWearPeachForKarla

Instagram @MrsKarlaFish


Here is an article Karla sent to the "Womb Tang Clan:" https://www.facebook.com/thewombtangclan


In my early 20’s I battled ovarian cancer and WON both times. After that experience I thought I would never have to worry about it again, I mean I had it twice and even though I went through it alone ( I was in a horrible marriage and did not have a relationship with my parents at that time). I did it and nothing could be harder than that, right? Well I was mistaken. In Early November 2016 I started having heavy vaginal bleeding which was very unusual as I had not had a regular period in years. I was told I could take medication and would be ok with no problems, nothing to worry about. However, as time passed I was not getting any relief on any of my symptoms and my doctor could not figure out why. After many painful procedures like a D&C without any pain medications because I was too overweight and a biopsy on March 15, 2017 I was told I had uterine cancer and I had to have an emergency hysterectomy. No other options were given to me and no options to save my eggs. There were so many things running through my mind, why me again? How did it escalate so quickly? Do I have it in me to fight and beat cancer again? Am I going to have to shave my head? I can’t put my parents through this! My siblings! My sister’s kids! Would I still be a woman after this surgery? Are we really a family without having kids? How can I have this tough conversation with my husband of 1 year? Is this the time where I’m not one of the lucky ones? And the biggest question of all is WHY DIDN’T I KNOW THIS COULD HAPPEN? But it was the answer to all those questions that saved my life! It was the people that came alongside of me believing that I could be beat this bully called cancer again. After my surgery on 03/23/2017 I felt like a totally different person immediately, I no longer had pain, swelling or rashes all over me from the medication, yes, my cancer treatment made me gain over 50lbs, and radiation had left burn scars on my body, but it was a small price to pay to be alive. I made a promise to myself the moment I left the hospital that night, that I will raise awareness of this disease by sharing my story and having people come together instead of being torn apart by cancer, that I would live out my dreams and do only things I loved and passionate about, that I will NOT be a victim of this one piece of my life. I started working my dream job on April 24, 2017, exactly 1 month and 1 day after my emergency hysterectomy and within 2 years of being there I have been promoted 5 times! My checkups have all come back looking great, I have lost 47 lbs. and counting so far, I feel better than ever, my relationships with my loved ones are at a totally different level now that I have allowed myself to be vulnerable. I learned a valuable lesson about being brave, I thought being brave was always keeping it together, getting through bad times alone and making sure nobody else knows what you’re going through so that it doesn’t affect them negatively, but real strength is found in vulnerability, allowing others to be there for you, knowing that it’s okay to be afraid, to cry , to fall apart, and then stand up , dust yourself off, pick up your broken pieces, rebuild and find beauty in the ashes of the fire you just went through. This is so much bigger than just me and just my story. Now you know someone who has been personally affected by cancer, now you too are a cancer warrior, you can alongside of us survivors stand up to this bully that silently takes so many of our moms, sisters, aunts, friends and coworkers. We need to share more inspiring stories and raise awareness, so we have more positive stories and no longer let cancer bully us! We as women need to learn to put ourselves first… ask yourself, when was the last time you had a full check in with yourself mentally, spiritually and physically? Do not be ashamed of your story and scars, be proud of what you’ve been through to be who you are today, rest assured that your story will help someone else survive theirs. LET’S NOT BE SILENT ANYMORE!

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