I would regularly go for my smear test

I would regularly go for my smear test

when I got my invitation
from Primary Care.

So that's every three years.

From when I got the results through
that I had abnormal cells,

I was referred to a local hospital
for investigations.

I went along there, had some tests done
under general anaesthetic,

and then went back for the results.

That's when I was diagnosed
with cancer.

It's a very surreal feeling.

One minute your life
is just going along normally

and then the next minute

it's all completely blown
into a journey you're not expecting.

It's emotional, it's scary,

but once you know, I think,
where you're at

and what operations are available to you
and what treatments,

you then just go onto
the next stage of it.

I was fortunate that my cancer
was in one particular area,

it hadn't spread anywhere,

so I was put forward
for what is called a trachalectomy.

The main parts of a trachalectomy
are that my cervix has been removed,

so if I did go on to have children
I would have to have a Caesarean.

They remove lymph nodes
through keyhole surgery

in four areas of the stomach.

And they remove
part of the neck of the womb,

which is where my cancer actually was.

It's not a full hysterectomy,
so fortunately for me,

they could keep my fertility.

So I can actually still have children.

The minute you get your appointment
through for your smear test,

you need to book it.

I'm living proof that having
your smear test can save your life.

If you don't book it when you're due it

the stage of your cancer
could go to a point

where you're not going to be here
like I am four years down the line.