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  • Jennifer
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  • At the age of 22 - In the Spring of 2007 I had my annual pap smear - I was fine. In the Summer of 2007 I became pregnant with my baby girl, my pap smear came back abnomal. The doctors did some follow up tests and I found out I had a high risk strand of HPV ((Never paid attention to slogan \"One Less!\".. wish I did now...)) I had severe dysplasia. My doctors recommended we keep an eye on it throughout the pregnancy to make sure everything was okay. After about two tests, things started moving in the right direction, my test results were normal and I was finally able to relax and focus on my upcoming due date. I gave birth to my daughter in February 2008. She\^s healthy, I\^m happy.

    At the age of 23 -- In the Spring of 2008 I had a doctor that \"just wanted to be sure\" that everything was normal even though the last 2 pap smears were fine. I underwent a Colposcopy and about a week later, the test results were back - I received a devastating phone call - I was diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma in situ.

    Are you kidding? I was absolutely FINE the last time I had a test, how could this have happened...

    I underwent a cone biopsy with a laser, about a week later, the results came back with positive margains. About 6 weeks after that, I underwent a cold cone biopsy with a knife, in hopes that the results would be more definate and showing negative margains. They did.

    I am now waiting to go back for my 3 month follow up and hoping for good news that everything is fine. As for now I am forever blessed, having a beautiful healthy baby, who I look at, as my angel because without ever becoming pregnant, a whole year, maybe even more, would have gone by and I wouldn\^t have known what was going on in my body. Each day that passes I thank her and God for giving me the opportunity to make a difference in life.
  • 10-02 -2008
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