If you are a male reader, don’t run in horror. I won’t get graphic. I know, unusual for me. This is an important message for all the women in your life.
I’m going to jump up on my soapbox today, and give you the lecture that I give to all of my sisters-in-law and girlfriends every year.
When I was in my 20’s, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. It was detected through a yearly pap smear and caught in the very early stages. Therefore, the treatment was not as prolonged or invasive.
And why I was diligent and responsible enough to have yearly pap smears in my 20’s, I’ll never know. Especially since my 20’s were marred with really stupid decisions.
For many years, I had to have a pap smear performed every 6 months. Always something to look forward to.
I went for the annual scraping of the cervix last month. And my test came back abnormal (as in, there is an abnormality in my cells). My doctor is not concerned because the HPV test came back normal. She wants to retest in 6 months.
Since I’m all about being proactive in health care, I will be retesting sooner than 6 months. It will save my cuticles, and the rest of my family from all the hand wringing and heavy sighing they would have to endure. What with me being so dramatic and all.
AND the appointment that I look forward to most of all is the annual Smooshing of the Boobs on a Cold Metal Tray. Otherwise known as the Mammogram. That’s scheduled in January.
My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor. The annual mammogram saved her life. And for that, I am grateful.
Have you been checked this year? If not, GIT ‘ER DONE!
Stepping down from my soap box. Carry on.