Sheryl’s Story

I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1983. For 72 hours I was treated with internal radiation rods (brachytherapy), and then a full hysterectomy after 6 weeks. I was 34 years old. Fortunately, I already had my son. I was having regular Pap smears, and everything was normal. Two weeks after my last Pap test, I noticed a small amount of spotting and went back to my doctor for another test. Not good news this time. We got it early, thank goodness. I’m a survivor, and still cancer-free. I have been on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for 34 years now, and I feel great. It is always in the back of your mind whenever you have a blood test – that it will have reared its ugly head again somewhere else. But that is life, and everyday is a bonus. I hope this gives confidence and hope to others.

My tips for Australian women about cervical health

Have regular check-ups and stay happy and healthy