I've been reading everyone's stories over the past few days and there is so many brave women out there - no matter how scared and anxious we all feel we are brave.
I've just been diagnosed with cervical cancer this week (Tue) I'm 27.
I started having what I thought was bladder problems which went on for a few weeks until I went to the doctor who said it was probably a urine infection prescribed antibiotics and pessary for thrush and asked me to hand in a sample. I took the antibiotics then pessary , I was still having symptoms and had bleeding after taking pessary. I phoned my doctor who asked me to come in for a high vaginal swab and to redo my smear as it had came back that there wasn't enough cells from my last smear just a few months before. I started bleeding as soon as the nurse started the examination and knew it was more bleeding than I had ever experienced before. She then wanted the doctor to examine me, again more bleeding and parts of tissue came away during examination. She then told me she wanted to refer me to the hospital for a colposcopy.
I'm very lucky that through work I am receiving private medical care, I was seen by gynae doctor two days later who took biopsies (again more heavy bleeding) and bloods sending them off urgently. He sent me for an urgent MRI scan as well. I went back on Tue just passed where he told me it was stage 1 cancer -I'm unsure of what grading yet. He says treatment will probably be through radiotherapy or maybe hysterectomy but results go to a panel who decide what is best. He says I won't ever have kids. He also told me of me one of my lymph nodes would be of 'interest' to these doctors and they may want to send me for a PET scan. I will find out on Thursday what treatment will be.
I have been surprisingly ok after finding out the news, I guess I am a very practical person who just wants to deal with things head on and I have to stay positive and keep up my strengths for whatever is to come. But reading all these other stories by extremely brave women reassures you that you're not alone.
All support, hints/tips and comments are greatly appreciated!