Hi Sarah Jane,
I do sympathise with you having to wait 8 weeks, waiting for appointments is one of the hardest things. The longest I've had to wait was 12 weeks which felt like a lifetime.
There are a lot more ladies being referred to colposcopy now they have started HPV testing so this has unforuntately increased waiting times in some areas. Previosuly with borderline changes it would have been repeat smear in 6 months rather than straight to colposcopy.They tend to see ladies with high grade changes more urgently - not that it helps you, I appreciate that. Saying you'll accept a cancellation, as others have said, or paying privately are the only options unfortunately. Also try to hold on to the fact that borderline changes are the very earliest cell changes, not even mild chnges, and often return to normal. Even with HPV many women clear it naturally from their bodies.
Trying to keep busy and distracting yourself can help you get through this time, and also not spending too much time on the internet looking up stuff about cervical abnormalities or dwelling on it. Easier said than done, believe me I know that, but the time will pass and who knows, you may get a cancellation and be seen a bit sooner.
All the best to you x