Posted by Leslie Carol Botha
I was diagnosis with Cervical Cancer in April 2008. I have gotten a routine thin pap test each year for the last 8 years. February 2008 was my first abnormal pap smear in my lifetime.
I received the GARDASIL shot in June of 2006 after hearing and reading about its approval by the FDA. I was the first patient my doctor ever gave the HPV vaccination to. I received all three of the shots and completed the HPV vaccination in November of 2006; each given by my doctor. I had my annual pap smear in February of 2007, and like each pap smear before, it came back negative.
When my February 2008 pap smear cam back positive my doctor then did a biopsy which came back with high-grade cells and warranted a Leep procedure. The Leep was performed at a local hospital on March 14, 2008. The pathology results from the Leep came back and showed that within a year of my last normal pap smear and 15 months from the completion of the GARDASIL HPV vaccination, I had full blown cervical cancer.
On May 6th of 2008 I had my second surgery, a Cone Biopsy of my cervix by Dr., an oncologist at Cancer Center. My second surgery was performed at another hospital. I will now have to see my Oncologist every three months and wait to see, not ‘if’, but ‘when’, my cervical cancer returns.
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