So I am freaking out a little. Most likely I am overthinking things, because this is my biggest downfall (other than procrastination). So I had my routine pap test last week. Got a call from the family doctor saying they found "a few abnormal cells." So now they are referring me to a gynecologist to get a biopsy. I know that most of the time this is nothing to worry about. Though given my family's history of cancer, I can't help but worry.
I know I had to get one done before in my 20s, but they did it at the doctor's office. So that also worries me because now they've referred me elsewhere. In the message the doctor left for me she said "nothing to be alarmed about for now." The "for now" is killing me.
I am having so much anxiety right now with flashbacks to my mom's cancer diagnosis.
ugh bobbi jo that's totally anxiety-inducing & i don't blame you at all for freaking out! pap smears are DESIGNED to find abnormal cells though, it's the most effective cancer-screening test in the world & is weighted towards erring on the side of caution so they'll flag anything up!! so although they've noticed abnormal cells it doesn't mean ANYTHING AT ALL - everyone i know who's had abnormal cells has had a few more tests & come back with the all clear.
but also i remember how agonising the waiting for test results was when i found my lump in my breast a few years ago though - turned out to be a fibroadenoma (fatty deposit) & nothing to worry about but i just felt sick to my stomach for weeks going through the tests/waiting for news so i understand how you're feeling & hope everything comes back perfectly clear as quickly as possible <33333333333333
uggh that is so nerve-wracking <333 i totally understand the feeling with it running in your family, both my mom and my grandmother have had breast cancer which makes me incredibly nervous about it as well. keeping you in my prayers that it's nothing serious!!
Jun 24, 2011 10:49:41 GMTᏝilibet 🔮
i am in a similar situation right now waiting for ovary test results (& my mum had cancer ten years ago) so i really, really understand how you are feeling. try as hard as you can to not assume the worst & if you can, focus your worry energy on something else. referring you elsewhere could just be that that's the way they do it now. & like kazzie said, abnormal cells can be just that and that is so, so common. i will be sending you all my good vibes <333
Thank you ladies! I feel much better about the entire thing. I called the doctor's office and spoke to the RN. She explained that the cells they found were ASCUS or something like that. She said they are the lowest grade abnormal cells. Apparently when I had he biopsy 9 years ago, it was for the same thing. I'm scheduled to meet with the gynecologist on the 10th. Things like this are very scary regardless.
I think it is cruel for them to leave a message about abnormal cells and scare you to death. The same thing happened to me in my early 20's. I believe I got a letter on Friday afternoon and had to wait the entire week-end until I could talk to someone. My way of dealing with worry now that I am older and wiser is to save to worry until I have something concrete to worry about. If I don't have all the info I need, I push it out of my mind and keep busy until I get the information I need. I am glad that you more at ease now. I'm sure you will find out that you are fine.
So I've had to reschedule my appointment for the cscope now twice. The first time I actually took the day off and they sent me home. Apparently the results of my HPV test hadn't come in and they couldn't move forward with it. This past time they call me THE DAY BEFORE to tell me I have to pay half of my deductible before they will do anything. I wasn't planning on this and certainly hadn't budgeted for it. So now, I have to wait until April. I know they'll get me for the whole deductible, too, which I cannot afford.
Jun 24, 2011 10:49:41 GMTᏝilibet 🔮
I cannot believe that they would make you wait for such a lame reason. Can you go somewhere else or just get another pap to see if the abnormal cells still show up? It makes me really mad that they would make you wait like this.