I want to talk about a taboo subject today--- Pap Smears. We hate them, but, we have to do them once a year every year. I have struggled since I was seventeen with my period and have had pains and abnormal bleeding. I've been to the doctor more than the average woman with these issues I've had and have always been told that it is normal and that my body will adjust.
I'm 31 years old and have three kids. My body is adjusted. I finally took the plunge after my last son was born and got a tubal, which made everything worse. The pain was worse, the bleeding was worse. I was having my period twice a month or more and it would last up to three weeks at a time. Last year I had an ablation to take care of the bleeding, but it still did not cure the pain.
Let me go back and tell you my family history. My maternal grandma died of cancer that was first diagnosed as cervical cancer and spread through her body. My paternal grandma died of cancer also, but I am unsure of how it started. My mom has had cervical cancer and had a hysterectomy. My sister had a hysterectomy in her early 20's. My maternal aunt had cervical cancer and had it removed and now her sister (my other aunt) just had another abnormal pap after battling cervical cancer with radiation for the past year.
We have a bad family history. I wake up every day wondering when my time is coming. A couple months ago I had my first abnormal pap. I went 2 weeks ago and had a colposcopy and biopsy to find out if I have any cancer cells. I am hoping when i get my results tomorrow that they will finally give in and give me a hysterectomy before it becomes something worse. Wish me luck!
Update** My results showed that I had moderate to high dysplasia- which means that my cells are more than 50% changed- which is turning into cancer. I had the choice of doing a laser scoop method to remove the cells, but I asked for a hysterectomy, which is being done on Dec. 6. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I am terrified of being put to sleep.
Girls.... if you are sexually active or over the age of 18, it is so important to get that pap every year. Yes, it is embarrassing and uncomfortable, but it last only minutes. I'd rather spend minutes being uncomfortable over months of battling cancer.