Ever since I had Gia, I look at things so differently. My own daughter, finally! I waited so long to have her, and she’s finally here! But now that she’s here, there is a whole list of new worries that come with her being born. Of course as a mother, we all worry. But these worries are different than with my boys. One of those worries was her health, specifically her reproductive health. When I was younger, I had precancerous cells on my cervix and to prevent future cervical cancer, I had a piece of my cervix removed. This was found because I had a Pap test. I worry that Gia won’t have access to an affordable Pap test. Luckily through the Affordable Care Act almost ALL women, regardless of income level, have access to a Pap test! Cervical cancer was once the number one cancer-killer of people with a cervix, but now since the introduction of the Pap test, it’s down to 15!! That’s amazing!! Since I went back to work part-time after having Gia, I lost my health benefits due to not being a full-time worker anymore and now I depend on the Affordable Care Act to help me get my regular Pap test. I’m so glad I and other women can all access this life saving test! Don’t forget to get your yearly Pap test ladies! It literally could save your life!
Protect Your Daughters Too
Shannon thinks of her daughter as she shares her personal experience with the Pap test and her cervical health journey. She urges all women to get tested regularly because it could save lives!