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Unread 03-25-2004, 12:05 PM
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I found this board in December 2003, shortly after my first pap smear after a cone biopsy came back abnormal. Here's my story:

June, 2003: Went in for routine annual physical, pap smear, etc.

July, 2003: Dr. called and told me I had HSIL, and needed to see a gyno.

July, 2003: Saw new gyno, he did a colposcopy, said my cervix was "shockingly normal" for someone whose pap smear said she was "one cell layer away from cancer."

August, 2003: Had cone biopsy, showed inflammation, with changes consistent with HPV.

December, 2003: First pap after cone biopsy came back with LSIL (low grade abnormalities, or CIN I)

January, 2004: Gyno made remark: "I don't understand where this is coming from, because I can't find anything when I look." Made my gyno so crazy with questions and worrying that he offered to refer me to an oncologyst/gynocologyst up at the Huntsman Cancer Center here in Salt Lake City, Utah. BEST THING I COULD HAVE DONE!!!

February, 2004: Saw onco/gyno. EVERYONE I talked to up there affirmed that I was "wise" to check this out and get a second opinion. They did another colposcopy, and after having Christians pray specifically that if something were there it would show up, Bingo!! We saw the "little ickies", as I call the lesions. They found a suspicious spot on my vagina.

March, 2004: Had cone biopsy/laser treatment. The pathology showed CIN II, no involvement in the vaginal wall, margins are all clear on the samples.

I have been lurking around these boards since December, and I have to applaud all of you. I have learned a TON, and have felt supported just by reading ya'll. I had posted a couple of questions and you all urged me to get a second opinion and talk to my doctor, and I'm so glad I did. Now we are waiting until May for the follow-up visit, and of course a follow-up pap smear, so I'll let you know how all this goes. All I can say is thank God for early detection.

And thank you all for the support. I have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and we have a great support group there, but possible cancer/hysterectomy SUCH a different issue.


Donna in Utah
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Unread 03-25-2004, 12:10 PM
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So happy, Donna, that you moved from "lurking" to actually "participating". You're better off for it! Even though I can certainly appreciate that I'd rather not be a member of "this" club, I'm so, so glad it's here for me and have used it many times to my benefit!
Unread 03-25-2004, 12:49 PM
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Welcome, Donna! Glad you're graduating from lurker (although lurkers are always welcome, too) to a participating member.

I'm sure that many more ladies will be by to give you their experience with the kind of situation you're dealing with.

All the best--and yes, prayer does work, too!

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Unread 03-25-2004, 02:10 PM
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Hi donna,

Glad you stopped lurking and posted. There is so much strength, support, info and comfort on this board.

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