Burcham was misdiagnosed by a half dozen doctors over a five year period, before learning she suffered from the disease.
She said she wanted her battle with cancer told so she could save the lives of others.
"I don't want to have lived in vain. I don't want my life to have no purpose whatsoever. And if I can help spread the word about cervical cancer, and the HPV vaccine, then I haven't lived in vain. ... I think that they didn't want to tell someone so young and in such good health that they had cancer ... let alone, they were going to die," says Burcham.
Burcham understands there are real questions about the vaccine. People have worries and concerns, and she just wants to make sure people educate themselves about cervical cancer, a cancer that kills 3,700 American women every year. And she does that by telling her own story.
"It can happen to women as early as 18 or 21. Cancer knows no age, knows no race, it knows no gender. It can happen to anyone, and I just beg mothers out there to please research. Please find out all you can about the vaccination before you make up your mind," Burcham says, weeping.
Rest in peace, Heather Burcham.Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 23, 2007 to The great state of Texas