I was able to tell my story in hopes of reaching and helping other women. When the video is complete they are going to get a copy for me so that I can post it on the blog and also I will link you to the other patient testimonials which have been completed. We all have a different story and path; we have all been touched by HPV and/or cervical cancer.
I think the hardest part was when I had to talk about how my cancer impacts so many people other than myself. I talked a lot about how it impacts my son and husband, however, I also talked about how it impacts my parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends.
I went in with one message to tell and it evolved into so much more. I cannot wait to see the video that comes from today's experience.
One takeaway? Trust your own body, you know your body better than anyone else. Know what tests are available to you, If your doctor doesn't believe you or dismisses your concerns get another doctor!
As always, if you have any questions about HPV, cervical cancer, screening/testing, or women's health in general please reach out to me. If I don't know the answer I can work through my network and try to guide you. Ask for the HPV test to be given along with a Pap. The HPV test can determine if you carry the high risk strands which are known to cause cervical cancer.
I'm still waiting on a treatment plan for the newest recurrence, hoping for more information after the cancer board meets again on Monday. I'm special, they like to talk about me on cancer boards apparently ;-) More information to come!