Katherine’s Story

Last year in January 2020 I started to experience lower back pain and my periods became longer than usual.

I went to the doctor that same month and told her that my period has not been normal. I went back in February and asked my GP to remove my implanon, thinking maybe that’s what was causing the longer periods.

I went back again in March and still was given the same results. The GP said “you work too hard, that’s what is causing it.”

The next month I asked my GP if I she could do some further tests, the results it came back that I’ve got fibroids.

In July that same year I met my gynaecologist and that’s when everything changed – I discovered I had cervical cancer and required extensive treatment. I underwent multiple rounds of radiation, chemo and brachytherapy.

It’s so important to listen to your body, if doesn’t feel normal keep telling your GP they need to investigate further. It could save your life.

My tips for Australian women about cervical health

Listen to your body, it will send you a message if something is wrong. Also be persistent with your GP if you think there is more they can do and don’t be afraid to get a second opinion if you need.