Ruby, a mom of two, knows how easy it is to put off a routine Pap smear, and she has a message for her family and friends, and all who aren’t keeping up with this important medical check up.

She writes:

“My previous Pap Smear just 2 years ago was all clear. This one wasn’t. It showed High Grade cell changes that needed to be removed. In just two years I had those changes. Imagine if I never went and got my regular smear? Imagine if I left it for years and years, and those cells ended up turning into cancer?

I wasn’t originally going to share this with everyone, because it is a personal subject. But the reason I am is because I have spoken to a few friends and family members about it, and firstly – a lot have been through the same thing, but secondly, a lot also don’t get regular pap smears!

We are lucky enough that our healthcare system is able to pick up these changes before they turn into something worse – so please utilize that.”

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Yesterday I had surgery to remove pre cancerous cells from my cervix… I’m not posting this for sympathy, because I don’t need any. I’m perfectly healthy, and happy. Because I get regular Pap Smears. My previous Pap Smear just 2 years ago was all clear. This one wasn’t. It showed High Grade cell changes that needed to be removed. In just two years I had those changes. Imagine if I never went and got my regular smear? Imagine if I left it for years and years, and those cells ended up turning into cancer? I wasn’t originally going to share this with everyone, because it is a personal subject. But the reason I am is because I have spoke to a few friends and family members about it, and firstly-a lot have been through the same thing, but secondly, a lot also don’t get regularly pap smears! One person hasn’t had one in 12 years 😱😱😱😱 (you know who you are, go book in NOW!) We are lucky enough that our health care system is able to pick up these changes before they turn into something worse-so please utilize that. The new Pap Smears are now only every 5 years, not 2. Honestly, it’s 20 uncomfortable seconds of your life that could mean so much to your health. So, if you haven’t had a Pap Smear recently, PLEASE book in (okay, maybe not right now with everything going on, but as soon as you can once the madness calms down) A simple day surgery like mine could prevent a very long haul of health issues later on down the track if picked up earlier 💕

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