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  • Laura, Southern Tier, New York
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  • December 29, 2004

    Hello to all of you, First off I would like to thank everyone for sharing their stories, it really does help to see it through another window as well. Dr. Vasilev, I thank you as well for offering your insight and this web site for others to benefit both medically as well as spiritually and psychologically. This is a rare occurrence when doctors consider the patient as a "Whole" rather than just the problem at hand. I must say, I admire your knowledge and your thoughtful and intelligent use of it. Now on to why I am here. I am a 26 year old female with four children (one foster 13 yr old) Ages 1,2,6, and 13 all boys but the thirteen year old. I am a single parent, the father has much to do in the way of the children but little focus on me, which I suppose is to be expected since we aren^t together. However, I^d expect a little concern since I am the mother of his children. Anyway, my father is unknown in my life and I have a mother who is unable to be there for me. So I was ecstatic to find this web site! :) To just not feel so alone in this, ya know? Well here it is. I first found out I had cervical problems in 2001. It came back in a pa as just a minute of abnormal cells, I was pregnant and it wasn^t a big deal so we just waited. I then by some odd chance I accidentally became pregnant again. (I think my miracle baby since I can^t have anymore) So they did a pap to check on it and it was now a year later mild dysplasia. They sent me for colposcopy after having the baby and they said they figured they got it all and I would be fine. Well now in 2004 December I am found with High grade intraepithelial leisons, and severe dysplasia. The colposcopy done recently had shown that my cervix looks in laymen’s terms "nasty" to the microscopes eye. So, he wants to wait to see what the best way to go about it is, however he thinks LEEP will do it. I am highly against LEEP procedures. I know that the cold-knife involves more healing time and hurts more, however, the scar left is minimal and pretty much leaves a clean slate for the next time (should there be one) to see more clearly. The LEEP procedure has been known to damage the tissue that is left on the surface making it more difficult to obtain an accurate diagnosis in the future with out invading tissue samples again. It can also alter the pap smears to give a false negative due to the scars from LEEP. Now, I am no doctor yet and I am going in to pediatrics, but, I am human and can do research and have friends in the medical field. Many people agree with what I want for my procedure and how much to take out. I am wondering if anyone knows if I can have any say in this being done and if so how do I go about it? Well, I have serious studying to do, TA and thanks again to all of you!

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