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 […]

Kira W’s Story

It is hard to know where to start. In 2015 I was 27 and getting married to my best friend of ten years – six months later it was an entirely different story. It all started with me getting a staph infection along my knicker line. I went to my GP and there was a […]

Laura M’s Story

I will always remember the heavy feeling in my stomach when I got called back to see my GP to discuss the results of my regular cervical screening. I had three young children aged 8, 5 and 1 and although I was always tired, I was always pretty vigilant with my health. So when my […]

Charlene’s Story

Charlene has relayed her story to ACCF CerviCAN Support Program Coordinator Fiona, who found it hard to condense Charlene’s story here. Fiona thinks Charlene should one day write an amazing novel about what she has been through: I fell in love with an intelligent, charming, good looking European man who used me to gain Australian […]

Leanne’s Story

I was a regular, 2 yearly Pap smear kind of girl. It was always in my diary because about 10 years ago I had an irregular one. It turned out to be nothing but scared me sh*tless at the time! I’d had the free vaccinations in my mid 20’s and so wasn’t ever worried about […]

Rebecca’s Story

When I was 23 (2008) I was recommended by a doctor to get the Gardasil vaccine that the government was giving away for free to women in my age bracket, he said it was to help prevent cervical cancer which numbers were raising in Australia, so I went with his advice. 2009 I went for […]

Karen’s Story

When I was 32 I became pregnant with my first child. My doctor asked me when my last Pap smear was, and I admitted it was over 6 years ago. She performed a Pap and the results came back CIN 3 high grade abnormalities. They monitored me throughout my pregnancy and in February 2016 my […]

Felicity’s Story

My nightmare began on the 5th of October, 2013. I was 22 weeks pregnant when I started having terrible pain. I went to the hospital where I was given an internal and admitted as there was no one to do an ultrasound until morning. Morning came and I woke up bleeding. I had the ultrasound, […]

Marina’s Story

In April 2015 I went to my GP for my normal Pap test check up. My GP saw a lump straight away. A week later I was diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer. I fell apart as all I could think about was my baby girl and not knowing if I was going to be […]

Jasmin’s Story

I’m 26 and married and have 2 beautiful boys aged 2 and 4. When I was 19 I received my first abnormal Pap test result. It came back with low grade changes and was I told to come back in 6 months. Well I was silly and didn’t. My doctor never explained to me what could happen […]

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