My name is Jackie. I live in Illinois with my three kids and husband, and I am a manger at Hardee’s. Here my story…
I had just turned 17 when I found out about endometriosis. I didn’t know much about it or why I was so young dealing with something like that. I have dealt with it now for four years.
Three weeks after my 18th birthday I got a call saying that I had HPV. I truly didn’t understand until my doctor said, “You have a STD.” After hearing that news I thought I was gross and that my life was over. Then they told me it was a common STD in girls who are sexually active. But even then I was so disgusted with myself.
Finally after three years of paps and biopsy’s, they said it had worsened and I was now dealing with stage 1a cervical cancer. I feel my life is over. Having cancer at 21 is not how I thought my life was going to end up. I totally wish I could take that night back when I was with the guy who gave it to me so that none of this would be happening to me. But like they say it takes two, so I guess I am to blame as well.
I told my husband about it when I first was told about it, at the time he was only my best friend. I am so lucky he knew about all my girly problems and has stuck with me these past seven years. I just wish now girls would take condoms and getting regular paps done more seriously, it’s not as bad as girls think. Look at me, I am dealing with more pain and doctors than any 21 year should be doing.
Listen up girls, take this seriously… just because a guy said oh we don’t have to wear protection doesn’t mean anything. In fact the guy who gave it to me had no idea and still spread it to other girls. Please take my advice and keep up with your paps, birth control and condoms are the best.
As my story comes to a end FIGHT LIKE A GIRL TEAL’S!!!
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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.