I couldn’t let today pass without writing a post dedicated to a friend who lost her life 5 years ago today to cervical cancer.
Ally was only 26, recently married and Mummy to her little boy who at the time was only four. This beautiful girl had her whole life ahead of her and her little boys life to watch grow.
Not long after she was married Ally had some symptoms so went to her doctor to have her coil removed .. it was then they discovered a growth on her cervix. She found out in the July of 2009 she had cervical cancer …. 9 months later she was gone.
I can’t express enough how important it is to get your cervical smear/screening done. Women in the UK have to be the age of 25 before they can have their first smear.
*All women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening. Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for testing every three years, and women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years.*
*It’s possible for women of all ages to develop cervical cancer, although the condition mainly affects sexually active women between the ages of 30 and 45. The condition is very rare in women under 25.*
Although the condition is rare in the under 25’s there are lots of petitions to try to have this changed for many reasons.
So if you are due a smear test or you are overdue an appointment then please don’t hesitate to contact your local health provider and get one booked. A simple test lasting just minutes could save your life.
My thoughts as always today are with my beautiful friend Ally, her husband and her little boy x
Quotes marked with * and written in italic are taken from the NHS website.