Beth’s Story

  • 5 years ago
  • Location: QLD
  • Age: 24
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After months of abnormal bleeding and lower back pain my doctor sent me for an ultrasound and referred me to a gynaecologist. At 24 years old I didn’t think it would be anything serious as I had always kept up with regular Pap smears. My gynaecologist did an examination and told me he would be referring me to an oncologist. My heart sank as I knew that this meant cancer. My first appointment with the oncologist was to take biopsies. She told me I would have the results next week but I received a call later that night and she told me I had cancer. My whole world fell apart knowing that this would affect me having children. My first meeting with my doctors was to discuss treatment, I was told I had stage 2b cancer with a 4cm tumour on my cervix. Surgery would not be possible so I had 6 weeks of chemo and radiation and then 3 days of brachytherapy. Before I started treatment I was able to do a round of IVF so I could freeze my eggs as I was told the treatment would send me into early menopause and the radiation would mean I am unable to carry my own baby. I am now finished treatment but I don’t have the results until the 1st of December. My fingers are crossed that I have the all clear and I can start my next journey into surrogacy.

My tips for Australian women about cervical health:

Listen to your body! If you feel something is not right then push to get answers!