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Officials endorse HPV vaccine

7/25/2014

Charleston Daily Mail
By Samuel Speciale

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Cervical cancer nearly destroyed Shelly Dusic’s life, but now she’s using her experience to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated against a virus often linked with causing the disease.

After spending six years in a wheelchair because of severe and constant pain — a time of misdiagnoses and being told her discomfort was in her head — Dusic finally found answers when a nurse looked at her medical history and called for a test that revealed she had a cantaloupe-sized tumor growing inside her abdomen.

Once diagnosed, Dusic had to choose whether to have a hysterectomy and live or cling to the hope she could fight it on her own.

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