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Chelsea’s Story (Cervical Cancer)

ChelseaI’m a cervical cancer survivor.

In October 2018, I went for my first pap smear at 27 years of age (I know, silly me). I received the results from my smear two weeks later and was told I had high-grade severe dyskaryosis. I was booked in for a colposcopy and biopsy of the cervix.  On receiving my results in November 2018, they told me I had cervical cancer; it came as a huge shock, I had no symptoms, not a single one.

The following day I was booked for an MRI scan to see if my cancer had spread; they told me it looked like it hadn’t.

The staff from the NHS were amazing from start to finish.  I was quickly booked to see the consultant to talk about my treatment and get rid of this gross disease.

In December 2018, I had my operation to remove part of my cervix and take away lymph nodes from my pelvic area. On New Years Eve 2018, I got the all clear!   To say I was relieved was an understatement. I will now go back for 6-month check-ups.

The photo I’ve used was me just before my wedding in August 2018. I never had a clue that this disease was trying to kill me from the inside out.

Smear tests save lives, and I urge everybody to please go and get tested.

Lots of love!

United Kingdom
Submitted January 15, 2019

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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One comment

  1. Addi

    Hi Chelsea, Thank you for sharing your story. I know exactly how you felt. I too was diagnosed with Stage 0 cervical cancer (I didn’t even know there was a stage 0). Anyway, it meant that the bad cells had penetrated the ‘wall’ but had not broken through yet. Thank God surgery took care of it. I had to do the 6-month checkups for 7 years. I now go back yearly. Best of luck to you. I’m so happy that you kicked its butt!

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