Last year was my first annual exam that I had had in three years. Yes, I know, that was bad of me, but for whatever reason I quit the pill and then just kind of forgot about them.
But, last year I went in and had to get a pap smear along with my other exams because here in the U.S. you are supposed to get a pap smear every three years.
Well, a week or so later I got a call from a very sweet lady letting me know that my pap smear had come back abnormal.
Automatically, CANCER popped into my mind, but I calmed myself and asked her what that meant. Turns out finding abnormal cells on your cervix is more common than most people know. I was told that I would have to get a pap smear at my following two annual exams to keep an eye on my cervical cells, but that was about it.
After getting off the phone with her I burst into tears because it was just a really weird, somewhat scary experience. But it wasn’t long after that I decided I needed to make a video to share that experience with others.
And then I just sort of pushed it to the back of my mind because I had a whole year to kill that I really didn’t want to spend worrying about it.
October rolled around and somewhere in there I started thinking about my upcoming exam (in November) and worrying about it.
I made another little vlog this month to share my emotions and thoughts going into and coming out of the appointment. I was basically told that if there was something I would get another phone call in 7-10 days, if it was something that needed to be addressed quickly I would probably get a call in 3-4 days. Well, today marks two weeks since my appointment, and I was told that no news was good news. I still haven’t called in to confirm that my pap came back normal this year, but I’m feeling very relieved.
It was a scary experience, but it has been a worthwhile one at the same time. And through sharing it online I was able to help calm other ladies going through the same thing, as well as be calmed by other women.
Just another example of why it is important to share your stories ladies!