Anna was diagnosed with CIN3 and micro-invasive cancer in 2008, aged 28. She had a LLETZ and, at her second follow-up appointment, another LLETZ because CIN1 was found.
Anna always attended for cervical screening. Shortly after having her son, she was given a smear test and results showed abnormal changes. She had another test three months later and had the same result again. Another three months on, Anna was referred to the colposcopy clinic as the smear test taken then, again, showed abnormalities.
Anna had a colposcopy and biopsy and results showed that she would need treatment in a following appointment. There, she said she was told that she had CIN 3 as well as some micro-invasive cancer. Anna was treated by LLETZ and results showed it had been removed and that she had clear margins.
Anna had a follow-up appointment three months later and a second follow-up six months after that. At her second follow-up appointment, some abnormal changes were detected and Anna was treated there and then by LLETZ. Results showed that it was CIN1 and had all been removed. Anna said she felt shocked and upset about having a LLETZ again. Throughout this time, she had felt anxious and emotionally drained but had also bottled up her feelings because she hadn’t wanted to worry her family and husband. Though they were supportive, she also found the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website helpful because she could read about the experiences of other women who had been through something similar (www. Jotrust. Co. Uk). Anna wished she had known about the site when she had been referred to the colposcopy clinic.
Anna said that, because she;d had a miscarriage in the past and wanted to have more children in the future, her main concern was fertility and pregnancy. She was advised to wait until she;d had a couple of clear results before trying for another baby.
Anna encouraged women to attend for cervical screening and, those with CIN or cervical cancer, to look at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website. She said that, because of the support she had received from it herself, she had started selling awareness bracelets with the proceeds going to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. She had also got involved with other awareness raising activities because she felt so strongly about the importance of cervical screening.