“Reaching 50 years of age has been a milestone for me, and I just scheduled my Pap smear for what feels like the millionth time. I had my first one at 20 years old and my gynecologist told me how important it is. Some diseases are easily detected by this test, and we can often prevent severe dangers by getting it done. I thank the Lord that I’ve never had a problem during these last 30 years (including 5 pregnancies), but as the saying goes: Work as if it all depends on yourself and pray as if it all depends upon the Lord. Getting my Pap is what I can do to help myself. I have friends that can’t even remember when they had their last test, which makes me sad because I believe it’s so important for women to get this test in order to stay healthy.”