Hi, I have to admit, the same occurred to me, I almost panicked in the early days wishing I had opted for a hysterectomy so I had no cervix to get reinfected! Then I read some studies online and asked my consultant about my understanding (based on the studies).
My understanding is that the HPV virus causes the abnormal cells but these cells almost always start to develop at the squamocolumnar junction of the cervix (the bit where the inside meets the outside, I think this is why some people get adeno/squamous cancer types depending on which way the cancer goes) this bit is usually removed as part of standard surgical treatment (no matter the stage). In my case, I had a tracelectomy so no longer have these cell types remaining so a recurrence of HPV would be monitored closely but is not cause for major concern.
I discussed this with my consultant at my last appointment and explained my basic understanding of what I had read and he confirmed that what I thought was correct.
I’m sure there is a lot more to it than this as I am no scientist or expert but a vague understanding has gone a long way to making me feel more confident in my treatment. I’m sure there are expects at Jos who can explain better than me or your consultant can help put your mind at ease further.
You are not being over dramatic, the early days are horrendous for us all but I promise, it does get easier. Everyone takes their own time to get over this and move forward.
Do you know, I even get a few days at a time where I forget!!!
Be kind to yourself, get through your treatment and stay positive. You WILL get through this and you WILL be fine x x x x