Maria was diagnosed with CGIN and CIN3 in 2009, aged 33, and treated by cone biopsy under general anaesthetic. She was shocked because her smear test showed normal results but further examination showed precancerous cells.
In 2007 Maria went to visit her GP in Italy because she and her husband were planning to start a family. She;d also had some discharge and, after tests, was diagnosed with chlamydia and treated by antibiotics. She was given a smear test at this time, too, and this showed normal results. Her doctor did a further examination and found a polyp. She was referred to a gynaecologist in England.
The polyp was removed but results showed Maria had pre-cancerous cells. She was very shocked at this news because her smear test had shown no abnormalities. Maria was diagnosed with CGIN and treated by cone biopsy under general anaesthetic. After surgery, she was told that CIN3 had also been found and removed. Maria said she had never heard of CGIN before but was aware of CIN3 because her sister-in-law had been diagnosed with it previously.
After surgery, Maria said her mum visited her from Italy and looked after her for a week. She also received a lot of support from her husband.
Since her diagnosis, Maria said she paid more attention to her diet, and advised other women with CIN3 to look after themselves, to eat well and get plenty of rest. She was happy with the care she received but wary of smear tests because she;d received a normal result even though she;d had CGIN and CIN3 at the time.