Today I am pleased to share with you a video of my cervical cancer story. Through a series of people I was connected with Roche. Roche was looking for a cervical cancer patient or survivor to come and tell her story. This story is going to be used to help advocate for women's wellness and the use of the HPV test which can identify if a woman is carrying the strands of HPV which are known to cause cervical cancer: 16 and 18. This test will be an integral piece in woman's health! You may have forgotten, although I'd had several abnormal paps leading to my diagnosis the pap I had when the cancer was found was actually a normal pap. Let that sink in for a minute, I had CANCER on my cervix and the pap came back normal. This test could have caught the HPV and told me I had those high risk strands. If we knew sooner which strands I had, my doctor could have taken the time to educate me on what to look for. I could have taken the time to education myself about what to look for. Education and knowledge are power!
Erica is a 32 year old cervical cancer advocate who is out living cancer for the third time. When she isn’t advocating for cervical cancer and HPV awareness as a Cervivor Ambassador, she previously oversaw the STEM program at the school where she was an educator; she now helps coordinate the robotics program. Erica enjoys spending time with her husband and son in their Indianapolis neighborhood, as well as pursuing new and adventurous hobbies. She can most recently be found fawning over kayaks and daydreaming of returning to whitewater kayaking with First Descents, an organization for young adults impacted by cancer.