Like many posts I’ve read on here, I’ve been hovering for a few weeks, reading other people’s stories and I’m now feeling brave enough to do my own post and ask for help / advice / guidance so I hope that you don’t mind me joining in
So, my story so far… Way back in 2000 I had an abnormal smear and subsequent colposcopy and biopsies. Came back CIN3 so I went back and had cold coagulation and further biopsies. After attending the colposcopy clinic a few times over the following 18 months, I was discharged back to my gp for annual cervical smear tests, then back to 3 yearly in 2005. I had my 2008 smear test - all good. Then, for some reason currently unknown to me, other than I might just be stupid (at least that’s how I now feel!), I put off going in 2011 and didn’t go back until April 2016. Cue telling off and much frowning by my gp, but I was there, that was the important thing.
So, early May, in came the letter from my gp - significant changes identified that will require treatment and to expect an appointment from the Colposcopy clinic. That came the next day and I went in on the 19th May. The nurse had a lot of problems finding my cervix to start with - she said it was shy! - and when she did find it she promptly whipped out the speculum and asked for a ‘treatment speculum’ instead and said she was off to get a doctor. So, doc comes in, didn’t say much other than that she needed to do LLETZ and wanted to do it there and then. She wasn’t dismissive or anything, in fact all the staff were lovely and so helpful, she just didn’t say a lot, She didn’t say much about it afterwards either, other than that she had had to remove quite a large section of tissue and was hopeful that she had clear margins, I’d get the results in a few weeks, and I would be back in 6 months for a check up. Then came the wait for the results!
Infection in between times, still bleeding 4 weeks later and the dreaded letter came yesterday. The results of the LLETZ indicate that I require further treatment and I have another appointment, this time with a consultant gynaecologist, on the 6th July to discuss.
So - after all that waffle (thanks to anyone who is still with me at this point) - is there anybody else out there who has had similar experiences and had to go back for further treatment after LLETZ, what is the likely further treatment, why do I need it… I’m so confused, worried, scared, freaking out - you name it, I’m experiencing it at the moment. Cried a lot last night, didn’t sleep much - all the usual stuff.
From what I have read on here, you are a fab bunch and are all so supportive of each other and whilst I am so upset that I am in the position where I am ‘qualified’ to join you, I have been so glad to have this forum over the last few weeks and I know I am going to need it in the weeks going forward.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice that anybody can offer.