I would like to share this with you all to show you the importance of having a smear test done. I am a mother and a member of Emma’s Facebook support group and I want to share a very important story with you.
I had a lovely feisty, funny and beautiful friend.
She passed away 2 years ago from cervical cancer.
She like many of us had avoided going for a smear test for many years.
Throwing the letters in the bin, too busy and too embarrassed at the thought of it.
She had 4 young children aged 8, 7, 4 and 3.
She started getting pains after having sex and suffered from random, unexplained spotting.
If only she had been for a smear test earlier
She eventually went to the doctor who encouraged her to have a smear test.
She finally relented and had one.
After tests, they found that she had stage 2 cervical cancer.
She began treatment and things looked positive.
Within a year, cancer had returned.
Despite this, she organized a fundraiser for Cancer Research and the hospice she planned to spend her last days in.
She had raised just over £2000 as her cancer reached stage 3.
She enjoyed Christmas and a family holiday donated by local people who wanted to give the family some happiness, as things were not looking good.
By January, she had reached stage 4 and knew it was terminal.
Her friends and family rallied around her as she spent her last few months in a hospice.
She passed in her sleep one night after I had been in to see her, I HAD taken her some films and a cake she had asked me to bake for the nurses.
She was sat in her chair trying to write letters to her children. I sat with her and helped her write a few paragraphs but she grew tired and started to fall asleep.
I helped her into her bed, I put a film on for her, kissed her head and left her to sleep.
I never saw her again.
She never woke up, she passed away peacefully in her sleep.
I beg you all when you get that letter, go and have this simple test, it could save your life
Don’t be embarrassed about having a smear test or say you’ve no time to have one done, just do it please.
When did you last have your smear test?