Rebecca’s Story

  • 6 years ago
  • Location: QLD
  • Age: 29
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2012 started with a bang!
I was a young mother of four children, 7, 4, 2 and five months. My life was ever so fruitful; little did I know cervical cancer had been brewing in my body for quite some time. Like any mother with young children, I enjoyed walks with friends, play dates with other children and mums. In July of 2012 this drastically changed.

I was diagnosed with stage 1 b1 adenocarcinoma of the cervix. I had some abnormal symptoms but when I presented to my GP I was just suspecting something insignificant, to my surprise it would turn out to be a deadly disease. I underwent a radical hysterectomy including the removal of ovaries, uterus, cervix and surrounding lymph nodes.

I was lucky enough that the cancer was small enough to have just the surgery itself. However, being the type of cancer it was and not the “typical” type that would normally appear on the cervix, this put me into a surgical menopause-with the advice not to take any hormonal treatment.

I dealt with the aftermath of cancer while trying to raise my young family.
How naive I was to think this would never happen to me at such a young age.
Today I don’t look at what cancer took from me, but what it gave me – the importance and value of time, life and good health. It has made me see value in everyday I get to spend with my children.

I have also achieved a lot in the past five years. I am now a registered nurse and I also volunteer as a high school presenter for ACCF. My goal is to raise community awareness of the disease in order to prevent others suffering.

My tips for Australian women about cervical health:

Get your Pap test regularly-
Listen to your body
Take appropriate action to prevent it.