Sarah’s Story

  • 7 years ago
  • Location: WA
  • Age: 39
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I was 29 when I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. We had a 2 year old son and were planning to start trying to extend our family.

I had been having regular Pap tests since the age of 18 and had my first ever minor abnormal result 6 months prior to my diagnosis.

I still remember that morning sitting in the oncologists room, being told the news and that he had booked me in the next day for a Radical Hysterectomy!! I just replied sorry I cant do that tomorrow as I am getting married in 6 weeks and have to much to do!

From there it was pretty much a whirlwind of wedding preparations which kept my mind off the fact that I had cancer at all, people would ask on a daily basis how I was feeling, and I can honestly say I felt no different physically at all, which is the most scary thing with this type of cancer.

My oncologist allowed me to postpone the operation for 6 weeks so I could get married but we had to cancel our honeymoon and instead I spent 2 weeks in hospital. After my operation my oncologist was not 100% happy with the pathology results so I then had to have 6 weeks of radiation therapy to just be on the safe side.

This year in March is my 10th year Cancer Free, I wont lie it has been a struggle at times, and 10 years on the thoughts of having had cancer and all I went through still play on my mind.

I am grateful everyday to the team of doctors, family and friends who helped me through this journey.

My tips for Australian women about cervical health:

Please don’t put off having regular Pap tests – they are the 1 single thing that saved my life!