I can very much relate to your story. Not that long ago I was in a similar situation to your mother.
I'm a healthy 50 year-old male in Canada; was diagnosed with cc December 21, 2010 and had the same operation your mother had on January 27 of this year. My pathology report showed clean margins and no spread into lymph nodes or other tissues. It's now 3 months since the operation and I feel great.
My surgeon and oncologist both strenuously recommended adjuvant chemotherapy. I got a second opinion from another oncologist who agreed. Now that I was finally feeling strong and healthy again, facing the prospect of chemotherapy seemed like a huge step backward; but really, there didn't seem to be much choice. The problem is that even though the pathology report was encouraging it's possible that there are still microscopic remnants of the disease lingering in my body - cc is a pernicious cancer with a depressingly high rate of recurrence so there's no reason to take any chances.
Reviewing my options, I saw four scenarios:
1. I don't do chemo and I don't have a recurrence
2. I do chemo and I don't have a recurrence
3. I don't do chemo and I do have a recurrence
4. I do chemo and I do have a recurrence
Since I don't have a crystal ball, I felt I couldn't take a chance on #1 (above). If I do #2 I'll never know if it was the chemo that helped me avoid a recurrence; but the main thing is to try and avoid/delay a recurrence even if it means undergoing the toxicity of chemo. With #3 - if I don't do chemo and I get a recurrence, I'd certainly regret it and wonder that maybe the recurrence was avoidable. #4 is the worst scenario: the chemo didn't make a difference or maybe it gave me a bit more time?
After reviewing the above 4 scenarios I quickly came to the conclusion that I want to do chemo, since my underlying health is good and that I have a young family and many good things to look forward to in life. Maybe I'd feel differently if I was very old and my underlying health wasn't so good.
I started chemo Monday May 9, 2011 - a combo of gemcitibane/cisplatin - and while it's only been a few days since my first treatment so far I feel very good.
A few pics of me/family before, during and after operation:
https://picasaweb.google.com/1066005584 … directlink
May your mother go from strength to strength!