An acquaintance of mine back in MMU died of cervical cancer a few weeks ago. She was 27,married but with no kids. I rarely heard about her right after we graduated, I mean it's not as if we are close or anything during my university days. But she's in my batch so yes, we know each other. I accidentally bumped into one of arwah's close friend during my Raya shopping spree along Jalan TAR.
She informed me that arwah found out about her cancer when she was already in Stage IV, which is supposedly final stage of cancer. I could not imagine what it must be like. She was bleeding at first and she thought that she was miscarriage or something, so she went to the doctor to check. And somehow the miscarriage is not miscarriage after all, it is a stage IV cervical cancer! She went into operation removing her womb, underwent chemotheraphy, but I guess Allah loves her more. During her final days, arwah's friend told me that arwah could not even recalled that she is married and has a husband due to all the drugs that is pumped into her body.
I have no idea what caused her cancer but with cervical cancer, I think it is curable if it is found out early, which means pap smear need to be done regularly if you are a sexually active person! And so the question is:
Have you done your pap smear?
Well, I still have not because I was scared of the pain of having this thing inserted into my vagina!
Haha, I mean I was crying when doctor tried check my opening during my labour and nurses have to hold my legs to keep my legs still for vaginal exam. And you guess how would I react if I do pap smear? But anyway, after hearing about arwah's story I pray I will have the courage to go to a pap smear test very very soon. If you have done your pap smear do share with me here. I mean which is more painful? The pap smear or the checking-how-many-cm-are-you-now vaginal exam? And by the way is the above pic really the speculum that they used for pap smear test? I got the pic from the internet so I am not really sure.