THE IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR WOMEN’S WELLNESS EXAMS
My Story | Rexanna Price
Who I Am
Back in early 1992, I was a young mother with three boys, and separated from my then husband in order to protect myself from his abuse and extramarital relationships. I was overdue for my annual check-up & well-woman exams because it had been difficult for me to make these a priority with everything else going on. However, lucky for me, when I moved to a new state, enrolled my children in a new school and took the time to fully care for them, I also had a well-woman exam for myself.
The Journey to Diagnosis
Like many other women, I also believed that if the doctor didn’t call me, there was no problem. It took 2-3 weeks before I received my test results, and I was shocked to hear the diagnosis of cervical disease due to a persistent HPV infection. Immediately following this news, I underwent treatment. Thankfully, I had an excellent support system and trust in my doctor who made sure I did everything I could to avoid cancer.
It took a long time for me to return to good health. I am happy to report that since 1994, I am free of cervical disease. My message for women is to not take your health for granted, and take steps to prevent cervical cancer from happening. Don’t wait! Get yourself or your children vaccinated, go for your regular physician check-ups, and pay attention to what you can do to control and manage your health, especially if you have a young family depending upon you. You don’t want to be surprised with these results like I was, and you don’t want to depend on the doctor to remind you or call you – double check what you need and take your own action.
Personal Story told 2015.
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