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Unread 02-08-2003, 11:50 AM

A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The specialist did a conization. I continued with severe and long periods. After a year of trying birth control pills and other prescriptions, we decided a hysterectomy was the best solution. My hysterectomy was June of 2002. It took several weeks to mend. I was back to teaching in August with no problem. I went for my first pap in January of 2003. I received a call from the doctor yesterday telling me the pap came back abnormal and they could not tell if the cells were benign or cancerous and wants me to return in April for another pap. I of course fell apart. I feel this is a replay of the past three years of my life. I feel more afraid than the first time. I know it is possible it can be benign, but I am so afraid. I also have a 17 year old daughter that was just diagnosed with dysplasia. What I am going through is making her more afraid of what my happen to her. We need suggestions and support at this time.
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Unread 02-08-2003, 05:24 PM

's RLH and daughter!

I'm so sorry to hear you are having problems. Take a deep breath! Lots of things can cause an abnormal PAP. About a year after my TAH I had a PAP come back abnormal, and I thought I was going to lose it. I was totally freaked out. I requested that my doc do a colposcopy with vinegar test (the vinegar makes any abnormal cells turn white). He looked at my entire vaginal wall and vulvar area with the colposcope and found absolutely nothing. He sent in several scrapings just to be on the safe side and all came back normal. Now, it's true, sometimes an abnormal PAP can be indicative of an additional problem, but try not to jump to conclusions too early. If it turns out that there are abnormal cells there, there are various treatments available, and it can be successfully treated. Are you seeing a gynecologic oncologist? If you aren't, you might want to consider one--they really are the experts when it comes to female cancers!

As for your daughter, well, I'm sorry to hear that she is having problems at such an early age. Tell her to take heart! Typically, women will undergo a biopsy and depending on the results, may have cryotherapy or LEEP (or cone) for treatment. Most women are totally cured that way--I think they 90-95% of women are cured along that route.

I would also encourage both of you to take the best care possible of yourselves. Eat well, take a multivitamin (there is some indication that folic acid is beneficial to those of us in this situation), sleep, exercise, pray or meditate. You want to strengthen your immune system to help fight this off, and all of those things are known to improve immune functioning.

Good luck to both of you! Please keep in touch and let us know how you are getting along.

Unread 02-08-2003, 08:59 PM

's to you!

I'm so sorry you're have this repeat scare and I will be praying that it turns out to be nothing to worry about.

Please keep us posted on how things are going and again, we'll be praying for good news for you.


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Unread 02-08-2003, 09:35 PM

I agree with Jeanine. To ease your mind you can request that a colposcopy be done sooner than later. I don't believe in letting these things wait if you can do something sooner to ease your worrying. I am sorry that your daughter is going through this as well. Most women do have abnormal paps and dysplasia at one time or another. Good Luck.

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