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  • Hi everyone. I\^m a twenty year old junior at Clarion University. I was diagnosed with HPV when I was seventeen, and have been struggling with it ever since. This past December, I received a phone call from my doctor to inform me that I had cervical cancer. On march third, I had the cancer removed from my cervix, and I\^m told if it comes back the next step is a hysterectomy. Needless to say, this has been one of the hardest things I\^ve ever been through, and it\^s nice to know I\^m not alone.
    The problem that I have, however, is that there is not enough awareness of this disease. Sure there are the vaccine commercials, but you never see anything for those who have already been diagnosed. This organization NEEDS more attention because more women need to know the risks of HPV. I wrote a dissertation on the human papilloma virus and found out that over 80% of women will be diagnosed by age 30. This is an OUTSTANDING number. I try and tell my friends here at college how important it is to see your doctor on a regular basis, but it isn\^t enough. I want to get involved and get the word out there how important it is so that the people we are care about don\^t have to go through the same thing.
    If anyone knows anything about how to get a larger media campaign started, I would like to help. I will jump through any loops I have to, because this is extremely important to me.
    You are all extremely brave, and I wish you all the best. Please feel free to contact me at anytime.
    Thank you!
  • 04-29 -2009
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