The time that elapsed between Kate attending her routine smear test and having radical surgery for cervical cancer was little more than a month. She’d had no warning signs, and no reason to think her test results would come back as anything but normal.
The shock was enormous: “It was a lot to handle, everything happened so fast”. Although she’s glad she was diagnosed and treated so quickly – “speed was the important thing” – it left Kate in need of a way to process what she’d been through.
“Your smear test is a very important, life saving thing”
She found that writing about her experiences helped: “I went through a phase of really wanting to talk about it. I wrote a couple of blogs and shared them on social media. That’s how I found out about The Eve Appeal. They responded, and I found that very encouraging.”
Today, Kate is well, but is concerned about awareness. “I went for that smear test because I saw it as a routine thing that everybody did. It was just kind of presented as, this is what you have to do. And I don’t know that’s the case anymore. I feel it should be pushed harder and more clearly understood.”