“As a young woman looking ahead to my future, I want to know that I can rely on preventive health care coverage for not only my yearly Pap smears, but all of my regular health screenings. However, new health care guidelines are threatening to eliminate Pap smears from coverage. I believe that knowing my mother, my sisters and I are clear of cervical cancer makes me more excited for our futures together.
…My mother raised me to stay on top of my preventive health: going to the dentist, the eye doctor, getting a regular physical, etc. She has texted me 5 times this week about when I am going to get my flu shot. It wasn’t until I got older, and my younger sister was born, that I understood the importance of learning to take care of yourself at a young age. I am extremely thankful for how much she cares for my health. Due to my mother’s influence, I trust in cervical prevention and screenings to ensure the protection from a disease that is detectable and preventable.”