When I was 17 I had a pap smear. I felt it was the right thing to do as it had been 2 years since I’d first had sex. I was being responsible. None of my friends had had one but I went ahead and saw my doctor to show them it would be fine, nothing scary. My results came back and suddenly it got scary. I was only 17 when I was told I had CIN3 and with a history of cervical cancer in my family I’m counting my stars at how lucky I was for it to be detected early. I know women who had never had it done, had I been one of them, in blissful ignorance, I could have gotten very sick or at the very worse… died.
I had to undergo several treatments immediately. Remember… I was 17. The way I thought and felt about my vagina, about sex, about doctors was altered forever more. It took 3 years of treatments involving biopsies and laser treatments (yes, laser beams in my hoo-haa) for it to be under control. I still have to have a pap smear every 12 months, the average woman only needs to have the 10 minute pap test every 2 years. I’m a prime example of how a simple cancer screening test can have the potential to save a life.
There are so many different types of cancer that afflict men and women and for every single person it touches, there is a whole community of people who surround that person who are affected. The result of cancer diagnosis is never just felt by the individual.
Organisations like the Cancer Council work tirelessly to educate, build awareness and raise money. I feel proud wearing my yellow dress today. I feel proud of my neighbour who plants daffodil bulbs every year for his mother. I feel proud of all my friends who purchased flowers and merchandise.
To show your support and for a chance to win a designer gown worth up to $850 as well as a $1000 Mimco voucher, head over to the Daffodil Day Website and vote for your favourite dress online. My pick is the colourful Camilla gown pictured below. Here’s what she said about being involved in the Designers for Daffodil Day campaign:
“I’m proud to support the Daffodil Day campaign and help create public awareness to raise significant funds for cancer research. Sadly, we will all be affected by cancer at some stage in our lives whether it’s a family member or friend. By buying a piece of Daffodil Day merchandise on August 26th you will be supporting a very worthwhile cause which could one day save your life or that of a loved one.” – Camilla Franks
*Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid for this post, the Cancer Council supplied me with the designer dresses image and asked if I’d draw some awareness to their campaign. If you have a charity that is in need of exposure feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org Please understand not all applicants will be successful, the cause must resonate with me personally.