January is cervical cancer awareness month- I am a survivor
As most of you know, I am a cervical cancer survivor, and I just got my results of my 5 year pap smear check up. Still cancer free! My story is in a journal post on my profile page, if you'd like background info. In short, I never thought cancer could happen to me, and hardly ever got pap smears. It was during my first pregnancy that I got my first abnormal test. Still, I was surprised when I got the diagnosis that it had turned cancerous, but I was lucky to be in stage one. The chances of a cure, with a radical hysterectomy, was 90 %. I am so grateful to have had 2 babies in less than a year and then had my hysterectomy right after. Truly a blessing to be around to raise them.
The problem with this cancer, is that by the time most women are diagnosed, it has spread to other organs, because the symptoms are so vague, or nonexistent, until then. 10,000 women per year die from this curable disease. YOU ARE NOT IMMUNE.
Please get your pap smear done yearly!
Pick up the phone and make that appointment!
In memory of those women lost to this insidious cancer