Choose You Blog
Originally from Spain, she has spent half her life in England were she was close to become a Naturopath before meeting her husband and moving to NY State. She had a busy massage and aromatherapy practice in London and had many celebrities as clients. She is right now busy raising her 2 year old daughter and hoping to add another member to the family soon. She also runs women circles and teaches belly dancing.
I was young, too young to have cancer. At least that is what I kept saying to myself. Yet denial wasn’t an option. It was there on a piece of paper, a letter I could barely understand full of medical acronyms I was far from familiar with. Why should I? I was a healthy 22 year old Spanish girl just moved to England and about to eat the world. Life was only beginning. Or was it?
The diagnosis had come with a routine check up required for something or another. I honestly do not remember. What I do remember is thinking how intrusive this kind of mandatory test was. I sure am glad it happened, though. Had I stayed in Spain I may have never had a Pap smear, found out I had precancerous lesions and had the chance to survive it.
Yes, I am a survivor. Those days were difficult to say the least. They were full of long fearsome names and procedures. I had HPV tests, citologies, colposcopy, cryosurgery, managed to avoid conization and finally beat the thing with laser treatment. I was by myself and never told my family. I lost boyfriends and jobs. I was an emotional wreckage. I lived with Death’s cape around me.
Those were also the most formative days of my youth, probably my life. I looked for help elsewhere than traditional medicine. London is a buzzing place for Alternative Medicine. I studied Nutrition, Massage, Aromatherapy and Herbalism, as a passing time thing. They became my profession. I practiced yoga and meditation as a way to relax and keep hope alive. They became my most solid character foundation.
I was very lucky to have an early diagnosis. I knew others who were not.
There is still a lot of reluctance among women to have an examination. It is a scary thing. It is an intimate thing. However, if you are reading this and have never had a pap smear done or have forgotten when it was the last time you had one done, PLEASE, do yourself a life saving favor: Book yourself for an appointment ASAP. Life doesn’t wait, neither does CANCER.