Sorry to be crude but if anyone is going to see me spread my legs it's going to be my husband and in the comfort of our own home. Even during pregnancy no one had to look 'up there' until I was in labour. So it shouldn't be a surprise that I'm one of thousands of women who put off having a smear test.
Mine was long over due before I got pregnant and when I got a reminder letter 3 months after Baby M's arrival I put booking a smear test right to the end of my very long to do list, ok not right at the end, but behind going to the dentist, ironing and watching paint dry.
This morning I logged on to Facebook and saw a post from an acquaintance letting everyone know she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She's young, a mum and a wife. A bit like me really.
Having lost a few good friends to cancer it scares the hell out of me. Fortunately I also have friends who have been diagnosed and successfully won the battle. Every day fantastic research mean the odds of having successful cancer treatment goes up. More and more people are surviving.
To get the best chance of beating cancer you need an early diagnosis, which is why it's so important to have smear tests, check your breasts for lumps and go to the doctors about any nagging concerns.
5 minutes after reading the Facebook post I booked my smear test. If yours is overdue please call your doctor now and book yours. It's a matter of life and death. Literally.
And when you get off the phone try and find one more person to book theirs.
Fortunately for my acquaintance it was caught early and her prognosis is good. Her girls are upset and struggling to understand, but there is a good chance their mum is going to be around for years to come.
Why not help with the research into curing and preventing cancer while you are at it?
In the UK you can donate £3 to Cancer Research UK by texting the word BEAT to 70099*
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