It's been a while since I started off a post but I have been lurking around (if I'm having a flighty moment Jo's keeps me grounded lol) I've got my third smear test today (test 1 - August 12 - colposcopy and LLETZ, test 2 - March 2013 6 month check-up, test 3 - today - 1 (although technically 1 1/2) year anniversary smear) and I just wanted to say hi! I'm feeling surprisingly calm, although I felt calm last year and burst into tears as soon as the nurse said 'so you're here for a smear test?' In my reminder they'd changed the Cervical Screening leaflet for Leeds and I believe I'll now be HPV tested as well as general smear testing. Which is both nice (reassuring to know what's going on with my body, might not have to go back for 3 years etc) and also scary (if HPV is there I'll have to go for another colposcopy, even if no bad cells detected, much as colposcopy was fine it's not the nicest experience lol).
I also wanted to mention that at my pill check up last week (I can't have a smear and my blood pressure taken at the same time - it goes through the roof becuase I'm terrified lol) I saw a leaflet for Jo's on the table with magazines etc - I thought this was fantastic as back in 2012 I'd never heard of Jo's (and neither had my colposcopy team!) but I found it so useful and helpful and I swear it kept me sane, so to have advertising and leaflets at the first point of call was brilliant to see!
Wish me luck for 4pm! I am going to attempt to 1) not cry and 2) not panic so much I feel like I might pass out lol.
Becky x x x