Remember last week when I said this blog was TMI?
Well, here’s another one for you: I had a pap test today.
Feel free to add “the inside of a gyno exam room” to things you never thought you’d see on this blog.
I’m only telling you this because a friend from high school recently lost her battle with cervical cancer. She was strong and fought hard, but some battles are just too big, even for the best of us. I still can’t believe she’s gone. I ran into Amber when I was home for my sister’s wedding over the summer and she was typical Amber, all smiles and full of life. I hadn’t seen her in years and, at the time, I didn’t know what she was going through. She told me about her niece and nephew and how she was hoping to finish school in the fall. It was months later when she was campaigning on Facebook about how important it is for women to keep up with their regular pap tests, that I realized something was up.
With cervical cancer, early detection is key, which is why regular pap tests are so important. As much as I hate to admit it, I haven’t been the best at keeping up with my exams the last few years. Amber’s passing was the slap in the face I needed to woman up and make my appointment. Yes, this particular doctor’s visit isn’t the best (want to watch your husband/boyfriend’s face take on a look of shock? explain to them exactly what goes on at the these annual exams), but it could be the key to saving your life.
So here I am, carrying on Amber’s final campaign. Ladies, please remember to keep up with your regular pap tests. Do it for Amber.
Source: Fight Like a Girl
Edited to add:
If you want more information about the US recommendations for Pap tests, check out this site: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspscerv.htm
When was your last pap test?