Many years ago in my profession I did a lot of traveling. During the time I was traveling I skipped one year when I didn’t go for my pap test. When I did finally go, the doctor advised me I had abnormal cells which lead to several procedures ultimately leading up to a hysterectomy in the long run, after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
It’s quite an interesting ride when you are told you have cancer and you go through a ton of emotions, from being horrified that someone would say to you ‘you have cancer’—you look at him in disbelief; and to crying and being sad; to then turning around and being positive and saying ‘I’m going to get this thing no matter what it takes.’
I had a hysterectomy but ultimately I had an amazing second chance at life which I am so grateful for. At this point in time, I am 33 years cancer- free!
Schedule them, don’t put them off, don’t forget them, put them in your book or wherever you put them and make sure you always have your Pap test. It’s very important. It saved my life.