In the end, Boswell considers herself lucky when it comes to her cancer diagnosis. She underwent two operations with no other treatment options.
“I was lucky it didn’t spread anywhere,” she said.
Boswell said she was an advocate of vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) for both children and adults because HPV caused them to develop cervical cancer.
“That was 27 years ago when they didn’t know what HPV was,” said Boswell.
As for Ruskamp, Ryan said his wife was “a soldier” while she was diagnosed with cancer. As the owner of a daycare center, Laura only missed two weeks of work during chemotherapy, he said, adding that his job was also accommodating.
“She would have had chemo on Monday and Thursdays were her bad days,” said Ryan. “… I tried to be there for her as best I could and just be strong for her. It was hard for me to see her go through all of this. “
Laura said her families and friends helped her out phenomenally. Her children, who were 8 and 10 years old at the time of her diagnosis, were also understanding, she added.
“We were very open with the children,” said Laura. “It made them amazing.”
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