A 27-year-old, who was told she had cervical cancer just three weeks before her wedding, said “it was like the world stopped turning” when she was diagnosed.
Leanne Newton – who is known as lily – says she had no Symptoms before the smear.
Lily married Adam on July 26 while taking drugs and treatments for cervical cancer, Stoke-on-Trent reports Live.
Lily from Longton had her first smear test in April, and after waiting six weeks, she was told she had HPV.
The following month, she underwent a colposcopy, which confirmed that she had cervical adenocarcinoma – a rarer form of cervical cancer.
She said, “I didn’t have any symptoms before the smear test and that’s the most shocking thing for me. There was no pain or bleeding.
“I was with my mother, who came to the appointment with me. The counselor said it was cancer after the biopsy. I didn’t cry at first. It didn’t arrive. It’s the word you don’t expect to hear at 27.
“I was silent for two minutes before responding, and my mother responded first. It was like the world had stopped turning. It was one of the most terrifying things I have ever had to go through. It felt like the world was revolving around me.
“The plan was to get married and have a family. Covid meant we had to rearrange our wedding three times and then this happened.
“When they originally said it was cancer, the first thing I said was, ‘I’m getting married in three weeks. I don’t care what happens, I still want to get married. I needed something to hold on to. At that point, I didn’t know how far it had spread or anything.
“It was heartbreaking because we’d been trying to get married for so long and then it was just horrible.”
Lily, who works at Vision Express, now has at least six weeks off as she is recovering from surgery at Birmingham and Sandwell City Hospital on September 2nd.
She added, “I slept for about six hours. The operation is called a radical trachelectomy and pelvic lymph node dissection.
“I was very lucky in the sense that my stage of cancer had not spread beyond my cervix. They removed my cervix and I hope it saved my fertility.
“Hopefully, thanks to the operation, they managed to get everything. Right now I’m very sore and hurt. I take a lot of pain medication.
“I am grateful more than anything that it was picked up and from the moment they said it was cancer, even though we are still in the middle of the pandemic, that the NHS was able to take care of me.
“Because I had to have my lymph nodes removed to make sure they didn’t spread; You are confident that it did not spread further than my cervix. My scans seemed to promise that it wasn’t. I am waiting for the biopsy results.
“I hope with every fiber of my being that the time has come and only recovery. I’ve got the scars to prove I hit something.
“If I manage to get pregnant in the future, I’ll be a high-risk pregnancy. I cannot have a natural birth because I do not have a cervix. For this I will be monitored for the rest of my life. “
While she recovers at home, Lily urges other women to let their trade-offs – and not delay them.
Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under the age of 35.
Screening can identify changes in cells, and if necessary, these changes can be treated to prevent cancer from developing.
Lily said, “I wanted to get my first swab before Covid happened because I had postponed it.
“I was waiting for someone else to call and my doctors called me and offered me my smear test and I knew I was unemployed so that was the only reason I got my smear test. Originally, I wanted to wait until I was married.
“It could have been a lot worse if I’d left it any longer, so I want to scream about it and say, ‘Look, smears are being taken again. Please don’t put it off any longer ‘.
“I’m still young and about to start my family and essentially my life. I want to make sure other young women aren’t going through what I just went through.
“Please go and have your smear done. It is much better to have five minutes of discomfort than potentially ruining the rest of your life. Whether you have symptoms or not, please get it done. It’s not worth the risk. “
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A smear can only be done from the age of 25 on a woman.
The NHS says that symptoms of cervical cancer are not always obvious and may not cause any at all until it reaches an advanced stage.
In most cases, abnormal vaginal bleeding is the first noticeable symptom of cervical cancer.
This includes bleeding during or after sex, between your periods and after the menopause.
The NHS adds that vaginal bleeding is very common and can be caused by a variety of causes, so that doesn’t necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. However, unusual bleeding from the vagina should be checked by your doctor.
Other symptoms of cervical cancer may include pain and discomfort during sex, unusual or uncomfortable discharge, and lower back or pelvic pain.
As the cancer spreads from your cervix to surrounding tissues and organs, it can cause a number of other symptoms, including lower back or pelvic pain, severe pain in your side or back caused by your kidneys, constipation , Peeing or defecating more than normal, loss of control of your bladder (urinary incontinence) or loss of control of your bowels (bowel incontinence), blood in the urine, swelling of one or both legs, severe vaginal bleeding.
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