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Just thought I'd share my experience with you all as I have spent the last 2 weeks worried and reading everyones posts.
I had my smear test on 29th January after my husband and a colleague had been bugging me to make the appointment. If left alone, I probably wouldn't have had a smear as I didnt see the point. I honestly thought nothing of this until I received my letter saying I had been booked for a colposcopy on 20th February. I immediately took to google, thinking what has gone wrong here. I got myself all worked up and called my GP surgery for someone to explain to me the results. This was a friday afternoon and I was told a doctor would not be able to call me until Monday. Monday came and no one contacted me back but I then received a letter saying severe dyskaryosis.
All week leading up to the colposcopy I was so scared. Then came my appointment where I was sat in the waiting room, unable to breathe, never felt such fear in my life (even after 2 natural child births). I was called in and told I would have LLETZ even before i was examined which i was sort of expecting but hoping i wouldn't. I got onto the bed where the colposcopist assured me it didnt look cancerous. The local anaesthetic did cause a sting (i had 3 all around my cervix). The adrenaline sped up my heart rate and made me panic a little more but i was assured this was normal. I could feel exactly what was going on but it wasnt painful, like a scraping sort of feeling. They answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease.
After i left and got into the car, i burst into tears and i wasnt even sure why. Maybe it was the adrenaline, maybe it was the high amount of fear I felt beforehand or maybe it was relief that it was over with. All I can say is that I am very grateful for cervical screening and would tell everyone to get it done. It makes you appreciate life so much more.
Awaiting my results now but I am no longer scared. CIN3 was confirmed at my appointment but the team reassured me so much. I would love for others to share their stories and give me ideas of how I can raise awareness of cervical screening. So many people are prevented from having cancer and yet so many, like me, dont think they would ever be affected.