Hi my name is Krys, I’m now 43 but when I was 41 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer via a regular Pap test. I had them done regularly, I’ve never been sick or had a broken bone in my body. No family history. I wasn’t even in a high risk category. I had not had biological children, exercised most days in some form whether it be gym or walking. I didn’t smoke. I had been on the pill since I was 16 and used tampons since then too. I was highly stressed just before my diagnosis due to a relationship break up.
After I had my regular Pap test I went back due to an abnormality. I was then was referred to a gynaecologist where she did more tests and even though she assured me I should be fine due to all of the above.
I wasn’t. I had early stages of cervical cancer. I never really took a lot of notice of the symptoms until I read up after my gynaecologist visit. I then had a realisation that yes I think I’m going to have it as I was getting sick all the time and couldn’t shake things off but felt fine otherwise.
I was referred to a Gynaecological Oncologist and luckily for me one the best in Melbourne/Vic and he confirmed I did have it and due to my age best to have a radical robot hysterectomy. So after more CT scans and other tests, I was booked in for the operation. Luckily for me I recovered well and two years later I am still cancer free. I tell all my female friends, colleagues, anyone who will listen – forget the embarrassment, go get your Pap test it could save your life.
Thanks Krys Burcon.