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  1. I had a similar experience recently. After a routine smear I was told I had stage 1 mild dyskariosis but I was still having symptoms 3 months later and was referred to the coloposcopy clinic. WIthin 3 months it had progressed to stage 2 moderate dyskariosis and I had a biopsy done. Luckily it came back cancer free but for anyone going through the same experience, I found the biopsy pain free and only slightly uncomfortable. For me the worst part was the embarrassment factor which is silly seeing as how many women they see. For me it was even worse because my mum had cervical cancer when I was a child and I remember her being ill and having to have surgery and radiotherapy but I knew since I’d been up to date with my smears it was unlikely to be cancer. I’d urge everyone to make sure their smears are up to date!

    1. It’s so scary isn’t it? I think people who have cancer in their close family are always going to be a bit more paranoid. Both my parents have had it – my mum had Ovarian which isn’t the same but geographically it’s pretty close, so I’m always a bit nervous of anything relating to that area! So glad you’re okay and thanks for adding your thoughts on the procedures xx

      1. It definitely made me more paranoid even though I know Cervical Cancer isn’t hereditary. I’ve even had a follow up smear after my treatment and no dodgy cells 🙂 I honestly thought the LLETZ procedure was easier than the colposcopy and I could have been back at work later that day even though I took the day off so I’m sure you’ll be fine xx

        1. Oh that’s good to hear as a lot of people have talked about how horrible the recovery time from the LLETZ procedure was – I’m looking forward to just getting it done and out the way xx

  2. My experience was not the happy ending you had. I had a ‘dodgy smear’ in June and on the 14th July was diagnosed with cervical cancer at stage 1B2. To get to that stage I also had the smear, colposcopy and then a cone biospy where a 4cm tumour was removed and confirmed to be malignant. On the 30th July I had to have a radical hysterectomy at 34, losing my ability to ever have my own family.

    I am still recovering from surgery but thankfully the surgery has been successful at removing all the cancer and I do not, at this stage need chemo.

    I have blogged about my whole journey and am committed to raising awareness about the importance of smear tests. They are NOT tests to find cancer, they are simply to identify changes in the cells before they get to cancer-just like you have found out.

    I am glad you didn’t have to go through what I have

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict xx

    My advice to your readers is if you are going to go on the internet stick to the NHS and Macmillan websites, they are by far the clearest and most helpful

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Stacey. You were mentioned quite a few times when I talked about what was happening and I was actually reading your blog last night strangely enough! I did read that you’ve got the all-clear which I’m so glad to read and so sorry you’ve had a rubbish time xx

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