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  • Chantel Higgenbotham VanDriessche
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  • I am a cancer survivor
  • When I was just shy of 17 years old, I was told by my doctor that my Pap smear had returned abnormal. He decided to wait a year before doing anything, because at my age it was thought that it should clear on it's own. When I was 18 years old I went back to the doctor for another Pap smear and that was when I found out I had the first stages of cervical cancer. After two years of cryotherapy and cone biopsies, I finally found peace with results that showed the cells had cleared. I was told by my doctor that between this and issues with ovarian cysts, my chances of having children in the future were 50% or lower. I have now decided to acknowledge my story on this website, because at 26 years old, I am beyond excited to say that I am currently 23 weeks pregnant with my first child! I honestly never thought this day would be a part of my future and can't begin to explain how blessed I feel.

    Between the ages of 17-22, pageants were a huge part of my life and I dedicated my platform to speaking out about cervical cancer. I became an advocate for the National Cervical Cancer Coalition after doing my research on this subject. I highly suggest every woman having routine check ups, it truly can save your life!
  • 06-25 -2013
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