I have just turned 25 and recently had my first smear as soon as it was available, having been diagnosed with Graves Diseases in 2010 and undergoing radiotherapy I have wanted to put my health first and given that this test has been incredibly positive in preventing cervical cancer who would pass this up?!
I went along to my smear, nervous and anxious! Taking to medical forums for moral support as I am a big fan of these! It was absolutely fine and I don't know why I ever worried about it now. After the smear I felt so relieved and thought "well that's out the way for another 3 years". 5 days later I received a letter saying I had High Grade Dyskaryosis, as I read on in my head I have already convinced myself of the worst. I was thinking how can this happen on my first smear? I received 3 leaflets along with this and an appointment for 3 days later which is this Thursday. All 3 leafelts shouted cancer at me, that's all that I can think about. I am at university and have lots of work on at the moment as well and I have been doing really well and I feel like this is slipping away from me as my mind is already wandering on negative things that I probably shouldn't even be worrying about.
When I was diagnosed with Graves Diseases at 20 my world fell apart and I lost my job, house and boyfriend as I struggled to come to terms and adjust to this. The last few years I have got back on my feet and grasped life with 2 hands retraining in Veterinary to fulfil my ambitions and work with animals as I have always wanted. I have read many posts and pages (for good or bad) and I feel more confused about this as ever as they seem one extreme or the other. I know this is not a diagnosis and their are people in much worse a place than me but I can't help thinking about this and what it means for me now and if this will have an affect on my Graves as my recent blood tests came back abnormal for the first time in 3 years too.
Any adivce or shared experiences would be greatly appreciated :)