Photos and Videos tagged with #cervicalcancerawareness
Bandages all go bye bye. For good. #CervicalCancerAwareness
- 44 days ago via site
See this is sometimes what happens when I should be working and finishing up my latest short film. I get distracted by beautiful bright colored objects, and I start doing anything but what I should be. I haven't forgotten - the editing is almost done. Thankfully I didn't fall asleep again like I did the other day in the middle of working on it; it wasn't pretty. Sleeping pills run my life sometimes I swear. It's almost ready I promise!
And P.S. talk about embracing who you are? Check out my forehead wrinkles! Aren't they magical? See, it's all about acceptance... they only show up when I smile like that though, I swear.
- 90 days ago via site
Can't believe this is my final week of recovery time before I return to work on the 30th. Will miss the cuddles and timeless days and nights on bed rest, but can't wait to meet the kids and get teaching again. Gonna be great getting back into things, but will still need to take it easy for sure. #CervicalCancerAwareness #LowerTheScreeningAgeNow
- 90 days ago via site
Making it through an emergency hysterectomy at age 32 wasn't all I had to do. Then, came the results. Like it or not, you have been there and felt this with yourself or someone else you love. If you haven't, it is only a matter of time before you will. It is the utmost in holding onto a belief of what is unknown. The control you have enjoyed over so many aspects in your life is suddenly obscured, and you are simply a biological creature awaiting your latest diagnosis. Was this it, or will there be additional challenges, and things to monitor and keep tabs on for the rest of your life? Like many things, you eventually quietly surrender control, and say to yourself and know in your heart, whatever will be will be, and whatever the next bridge is, I'll cross it. No matter what, this too will not get me down. I will face it, I will fight it, I will beat it.
A few nights before I went in for my hysterectomy surgery which included a full biopsy of most related organs along with an extended pathology test for other cancerous cells, news broke about new findings in the fight against cervical cancer. I loved the timing of this. With awareness, funds, and proper research, doctors who are qualified and passionate about finding a cure for the recent increase in both cervical, and ovarian cancers are making huge progress. Something called Immunotherapy may be able to use the bodies own immune cells and system to fight cancer cells already developed. Because cervical cancer is highly treatable when detected early, researchers are developing better ways to detect precancerous and cervical cancer right now. Unfortunately, without the screening age for most countries being lowered, it will prevent more women from learning of their diagnosis and getting it treated earlier before it becomes an issue. I was lucky. I had gone a while before even thinking to get the extra test during a routine PAP. I listened to my womens acute intuition when experiencing recent pains, and brought myself in for a proper full check. Thanks to my doctors steadfast support and attention to detail, I was referred to a great surgeon at Boston Medical who realized my diagnosis was very serious, and needed to be operated on and removed immediately. Again, I was fortunate enough to catch it now, before things may have gotten worse. But most women don't. The average screening age for most women to get their PAP test is 25. That means that even though you are having sex, you aren't able to check for additional things and choose prevention until you reach a certain age. I feel if you are mature enough to have sex, you are mature enough to know everything that is going on in your body, and which things may need additional preventative measures to keep you healthy and living long. If we can lower the screening age, so many issues can be solved. So here's to continuing to get the word out and spreading the awareness.
I dedicate this to anyone out there standing strong and brave in the face against an illness, emotional battle, or any type of challenge that has caught you off guard. I like to call them the silent creepers. Outside you may not notice much discomfort, but inside, the creepers are slowly navigating and looking for vulnerabilities in your system. Those who accept the fight with a positive resolute attitude, and sense of humor and fun, have inspired me and so many. This is for those who choose to persevere no matter the circumstance. Thanks so much to anyone who wrote me a letter, sent me a card, an online message, or email to encourage and send their positive thoughts. Thank you so much also to my Mom and Dad. Thank you to those who believed in me and who may have found courage in themselves when it comes to going out and getting yourself checked. You are what gets me through! Never regret anything, especially the hard times. Don't run away from it. Whether you realize it at the time or not (likely not at that very moment) you are quietly being molded into an incredibly strong woman or man, and the person you are meant to be. To me, there is nothing more beautiful.
Even if a few people watch my films, or maybe only one, that's one person who might decide to get their smear or pap tests earlier, get to a good and trusting doctor, and take care of their bodies and prevent cervical cancer or any other cancers. Once the stigma and taboo is broken, and you become educated, you will become empowered by your decisions and that will carry you through anything.
- 102 days ago via site
A video diary I recorded the night before my surgery. I have made the proactive choice, to have a hysterectomy due to both cancerous, and pre-cancerous cells that were found on my cervix and additional areas earlier this year. As a result of the surgery, I will not be able to have my own biological children. I made this choice as a preventative measure for my own health, and due to previous medical issues. I was first told of my diagnosis after an abnormal pap smear, and I can not express how critical it is for all women, to get your smear tests, as early as you can, and to keep vigilant with your follow-ups and appointments. Currently, there are few treatments available for cervical cancer issues, and the required age to get the test which determines any abnormal cells, is in my opinion, far too late.
Cervical cancer, is still rarely spoken about, but research looks promising, and the word needs to be spread to promote awareness and funds. There is a stigma attached to younger women my age, who choose to have the operation, as opposed to remaining with pre-cancerous, and even cancerous cells in their body. They have no intention or idea of the consequence of their health, so they may retain the chance of having their own biological children. What they don't tell you in the media or in most doctors offices, is that if you choose to have your own biological children, the risks are far greater that they will be impaired in some way because of your abnormalities. This is very dangerous not only to a growing baby, but to your own body. Of course, there are plenty of ways to have a family if that is what you choose, but your own health should be of the utmost importance. For some, without having their own biological children, they feel a tremendous loss and void. For each individual, it is a very personal choice, and I respect each persons decision on how they handle their diagnosis. No matter what, there should be no judgement.
I have shared and documented this in an effort to spread the word to lower the age on initial smear screenings in America and around the world so women who may have pre-cancerous cells can get to them early, quick, and save their life. It is such an important issue, and time and preventative treatment could mean the difference between life and death. The more it is talked about, the shame will fade, and women can feel more secure and confident in their own choices within their bodies. The freedom to choose when it comes to your own body is such an empowering thing, and shouldn't be taken lightly. With the pressures of society, and others views on the roles of the modern woman, it's a force which so many find difficulty navigating through. I hope that sharing my choice will inspire someone out there, if only one person, to find their own voice if that time comes to choose, and stand strong. There is no need to feel alone in this, many women fight it daily!
From what I have seen, the research for cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, and other cancers that women fight which aren't spoken about as easily right now, is incredibly promising. There are some brilliant minds who are putting in the time and effort to find a cure for a variety of issues. With more support, awareness, and funds, we can get closer to better, faster treatments, and eventually a cure!
Your body is a temple, and you should never let society or anyone else impact your decision on how to deal with your own future. Whatever you choose, there are millions of women who are hoping too, that one day soon, the awareness and attention given to other causes, will shine an additional light on this one, and in turn, step that much closer to progress!
- 111 days ago via site