First of all can I just say reading through some of these forums and the advice on this website has been really helpful!
I’m 24 years old and had my first smear test two weeks ago (Wed 10th Sept) everything went okay, I wasn’t overly concerned about having it, the nurse said there was quite a lot of discharge and she was slightly worried so she took a swab just to be sure. I thought nothing of it and went on with my day.
I didn’t give the results a second thought until they came through a week later (Fri 19th Sept) I opened the letter and it said I had abnormal cells and “high grade dyskaryosis” and that it was “unlikely I had cancer” well all I saw was high grade and cancer and that was it, it sent me into an absolute state of panic, every outcome entered my head, I was absolutely freaking out!!! All I wanted was my mum, who was on holiday at the time. So I had the entire weekend to myself stewing about it and googling what a colposcopy was and abnormal cells, which made me freak out even more! After talking to some work colleagues on the Monday they put my mind slightly at ease saying it was totally normal and loads of women get these back and it probably wasn’t anything to worry about. So I calmed down realised I was probably over reacting and it would be nothing. The next day I finished work and there was a letter waiting for me when I got home to tell me I had my colposcopy appointment….THE NEXT DAY!! So this sent me into my overthinking panic mode all over again. By this point my mum was home from her holidays and I had spoken to her and she told me not to worry and at least it’s getting moved along quickly and there wouldn’t be much waiting around.
So again I was put at ease, that was until I went for my appointment, everything was fine(ish) until the Dr told me I had “pre cancerous cells” that was it I was off again, especially because on the big screen there looked to be loads and it was right in the middle around the little hole. So he said I would get another appointment today (Wed 24th Sept) to have some treatment and he told me I would be getting put to sleep for this. Having been put to sleep plenty of times before this didn’t worry me, what was worrying me was “pre cancerous cells” now obviously I know it’s pre cancerous, but it still has the big C word in there. So I got my appointment’s for my pre op and treatment, I have my pre op next week and then the treatment the week after.
So my question is this.
Has anyone else been put to sleep for these procedures? Is it normal? Can these cells come back? and any general words of advice. I’m trying to keep strong and not get upset in front of my mum and dad because they’re worried - which is making me worry. I just don’t know what to expect and it’s all getting moved so quickly, is this normal?
Sorry for the massive ramble
Thank you in advance :)