I had cervical cancer. I was diagnosed in 2009 at the age of 26.
When I had the Pap test and it came back saying that there was something wrong, my doctor assured me that it would take ten years for it to become malignant so I shouldn’t be concerned, however he referred me to a hospital anyway.
The clinician at the hospital checked my cervix. He mentioned that normally the cervix is a pinkish red colour, however mine was completely white.
Immediately I was booked in for a ‘LEEP’ procedure, where they took a biopsy of my cervix. Two days later they called and asked me to come back in. I asked my mum to come with me, as I knew something wasn’t right.
We got there and as soon as I sat down, the doctor said I had cancer. I was shocked. He recommended I get a radical hysterectomy as soon as possible. He wasn’t aware I already had two kids, but said if I wanted to have kids at that time, he couldn’t guarantee that I would be alive in nine months.
I then went to the hospital for further tests where they discovered that the cancer was spreading aggressively.
Shortly after that I had the hysterectomy and a pelvic lymphnode dissection.
Like ovarian, cervical cancer is a silent killer. If I hadn’t had the Pap test, which I had been putting off for many reasons, that in hindsight were insignificant, I would have died and left two children behind.
There is a lot more to my story and I’m keen to tell anyone who will listen. I want to make more women aware of the consequences of not listening to their bodies or taking control of their health.