Woman devastated after smear reveals she was just 25. Has cervical cancer

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A woman’s life was turned upside down after she was told that she had cervical cancer when she was only 25 years old.

Casey Love, from Darlington, experienced “a little pain” when doctors recommended that she schedule an appointment for her cervical screening test to find abnormal cells.

According to Teesside Live, the former House of Fraser manager had to endure an excruciating 10 months of testing, anxiously waiting for answers before finally being diagnosed with cancer.

She started treatment the day after her 26th birthday.

Now Casey has been cancer free for almost two years and shares her story to make sure other young women don’t postpone her smear test, which in Scotland is offered to anyone with a cervix between the ages of 25 and 64.

She is also preparing for a charity skydive at the end of the month to get the most out of her life.

“I was operated on for a partial hysterectomy, but the tumor was too large to be removed and was given chemotherapy and radiation therapy instead,” said Casey, who married her husband Jason in July.

“It was all a bit blurry, I just got up one morning and went to the hospital for treatment.

“At the end of my chemo I did internal radiation therapy and had to lie down for 48 hours straight, I had to eat lying down and the family could only visit at set times.

“That was probably the hardest part of all.



Casey Love and her family pictured on their wedding day in July.

“On December 16, 2019, I got the all-clear, which was a really great early Christmas present for me and the whole family.”

Doctors originally diagnosed Casey with stage 1 cancer, but during surgery they found that it had spread to her lymph nodes, which meant it was classified as stage 3.

And the cancer and the grueling treatment mean Casey can’t get pregnant.

“They couldn’t wait for my treatment so I told them to get as many eggs as they could and Jason and I frozen two embryos.

“I can’t have children myself, but there is a 15% chance we could do it with a surrogate mother,” said Casey, a former Hummersknott School student.

“For about a year I was really struggling with it mentally, I got into a really dark place.



Casey, now 28, pictured during treatment.
Casey, now 28, pictured during treatment.

“I believe that everything in life happens for a reason and I believe that life is already planned for us.

“There will be a reason I can’t have children, but I’ve come to terms with it a lot more now.”

Add to: “[Throughout the treatment,] I stayed strong for my family, they kept asking me why I wasn’t crying.

“I guess I made a front for them for a long time and pretended it was okay, I actually made sure it was me.

“Going through the treatment was so difficult, it wasn’t until I finished that I thought and it hit me mentally.



Casey Love pictured with boyfriend James Philip who raised more than £ 4,000 for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.
Casey Love pictured with boyfriend James Philip who raised more than £ 4,000 for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

“Now I think it made me a kinder person, so I feel like cancer helped me become a better version of myself.”

Almost two years later, Casey is preparing for a skydive to raise funds for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – a charity that provided valuable support after her diagnosis.

And she also wants to raise awareness of how important it is for young women to take their cervical screening test when the letter to make an appointment arrives – and advocates lowering the age to 25.

“If the doctors hadn’t suggested I have my swab, I would probably have postponed it, as so many women do,” Casey added.

“Now I’m trying to tell everyone how important it is. For me it was just the beginning of my journey, but just two minutes of discomfort is worth it, it really saves lives.

“When you are so young you don’t think it will be. It made me live my life very differently now – it made me more spontaneous.

“I vowed to live my life completely differently, so I decided to do something completely outside of my comfort zone.

“My father David was an adventurous man in his day and did a skydive back then, which inspired me.

“I hope that I can inspire other people in a similar position that life after cancer can be good again.”

Friend James Philip has also run the Great North Run twice to raise funds for Casey’s selected charity, raising over £ 4,000.

And so far, more than £ 300 has been donated to Casey’s cause prior to her skydive on October 31st.

To donate to their Go Fund Me page, click here.


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