Let’s Talk Smear Tests

Let’s Talk Smear Tests

This is going to be a bit of a girly chat kind of post so I want you to feel as comfortable as possible. Perhaps read this while your in the bath with a face mask or siting down with a cuppa and some biscuits on a Sunday morning.

Everybody worries about their health. It’s a well-known fact. After dealing with Laryngitis and Tonsillitis many times, I’ve become a bit of a worrier. I know that it’s all in my head but then sometimes it’s okay to be worried when it comes to your health.

I don’t tend to speak about periods and girly things to anyone that much. I still don’t feel 100% comfortable about going for a bra fitting in M&S every couple of months. Anyway, I’m rambling a bit, of course when I got that letter inviting you for your first smear test you could only imagine where my head was at. The first thing that popped into my head is how am I going to feel comfortable when I get anxious about going to a regular doctors appointment? The second was what if the results came back abnormal and I needed more tests.

Back in July, I went for my first ever smear test. Everybody told me the procedure is fine and over within seconds. It felt slightly uncomfortable but nothing that you should feel worried about. However, I’m not going to lie to you and say that I didn’t feel anxious and filled with fear. You are going to feel like this especially for your first smear test because it’s the unknown. I’ve had 6 tattoos in total so I can deal with pain and discomfort but no one is particularly going to enjoy whipping out their downstairs garden for someone you don’t meet on the regular. The procedure was fine! Under recommendation from friends who’ve also had to deal with the awkward situation, I wore a light weight dress so I could cover my dignity up a little bit. It was over pretty quickly and it definitely didn’t hurt.

They explained that the results usually come back after a week or two of waiting. It seems like forever during the time frame but life goes on. You keep yourself busy by doing the usual things like working and socialising so you are likely to forget about them until the letter comes through. Don’t just assume that if you haven’t heard by now everything will be okay, and a prime example would be Alicia’s experience. Sure enough my results came back and I was invited for a Colposcopy appointment because they had found abnormal cells. There could be many reasons for this which could include: abnormal cells like myself which usually go away on their own, an infection called human papillomavirus (HPV) which means the cells are less likely to go away, after several screening tests that were unable to give any result and the nurse/doctor thinks your cervix doesn’t look healthy.

I waited about two weeks for the appointment and I was secretly a nervous wreck. The name made me feel uncomfortable and unsafe. I didn’t know what to expect and kept asking myself whether I should be worried or not. I didn’t really have anyone to talk to about it which kind of made it worse.

My appointment was on the 2nd of August. I was 100% dreading the date but with me being so busy recently, it helped take my mind of it just a little. On the day of the appointment, I arrived a little bit early which probably wasn’t the best thing because I sat there panicking. The doctor sat me down and carefully explained the procedure to me.

I had a Punch Biopsy done which, in short, is a tiny skin sample taken from the surface of your cervix. I was extremely uncomfortable no matter how many times the doctor said relax, I would constantly tense up but looking back over the experience it really wasn’t that bad at all. It just felt like a nipping sensation as if you were to get a tattoo but the pain was not half as intense. It was more awkward rather than anything but that might be because I was seeing a male doctor which had me on edge already. He gave me a leaflet explaining that they may be some discharge or bleeding and to not have sex for 2-3 days. The results came back confirming that there was no evidence of cancer and that they would like a further smear test done in 12 months time to just monitor it.

So girls, what have I learnt from this experience? I’ve learnt that smear tests aren’t scary at all. They are there to help detect something that could be life threatening but as long as with have our screenings it will be fine. These screenings will prevent you from potentially getting cancer and that’s why they are so so important.

As soon as you receive your letter inviting you for your screening just book it there and then, it might even save your life. Don’t leave it, JUST GO FOR YOUR SCREENING. If you are worried about yours or want to ask me any questions, feel free to message me on any of my social media platforms or email me! It’s all on my contact page.

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University Preparation With Printkick

This time of year really does bring out the stationery obsession that I have kept hidden from many people but if your anything like myself you will more than likely enjoy this post. Printkick is an amazing website if you are looking for back to school, home office or business products; selling everything from pens and promotional folders suitable for meetings and lectures to bluetooth speakers and notebooks.

The website allows customers to buy stationery in bulk to kit out everyone in your business or offer up to potential clients and customers as gifts or you could even treat yourself to the odd thing to ease you back into University life.

There are a variety of products in a range of different colours that you can add your own brand or logo to as well as having a bit of advertisement for your business.

I had the opportunity to test out their website and I found it super easy to use with a friendly and helpful chat option, if needed. I’m a huge music lover and I think anyone who follows my social media will know that so I had a peak at the technology section. There are so many interesting things that can help with looking after your important tech including screen protectors, phone stands and folders that can comfortable fit your iPad in which would be brilliant to take to meetings or lectures.

They kindly sent me a goody bag that included: a practical pouch for my iPad, a screen saver cloth, pen, 3-in-1 adapter, bluetooth speaker and notebook. The speaker itself is amazing quality. It easily connects up to my phone, iPad or laptop with bluetooth or an Aux cable. The volume is fantastic and so loud which would be perfect for all those fresher’s parties too. I’m really impressed.

The pouch easily fits my tablet in and I can see it being extremely useful for travelling to University with. The screen saver cloth protects the screen as well as being used to clean my gadgets’ screens and can also be used as a mouse mat. The notebook is one of those classic essentials that I know I will use for something or other at some point in my academic year. I like how the notebook as a loop to keep your pen enclosed without having to dig in your Mary Poppins style bag for a solid five minutes.

Overall, I was really impressed with the customer service and quality of the products that I received from Printkick. If your looking for some new stationery to take to University with you or to help kick start your business, I highly recommend giving Printkick a look.

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A Book Haul

I don’t think I’ve ever wrote a book haul before but I have accumulated quite a couple recently. The majority of the books that I buy are actually from other creators who write these kind of posts so hopefully this might help you find one or two new reads.

The Second Love Of My Life, Victoria Walters

The Second Love Of My Life was actually part of my birthday present from Alice this year. It was a bit of a different read for me which I quite like. I’ve never heard of the author before but I do really like her writing style from what I have read of it so far. It’s about a young woman named Rose and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas however in one unthinkable moment she was widowed at 24 years old. She meets someone new over the Summer called Robert and it’s about how she is managing a new future for herself. I’m up to Chapter 8 so far and loving it. I also quite like how that it is a small read so you could get away with taking it on holiday with you.

Notes On A Nervous Planet, Matt Haig

I’ve heard so many things about Matt Haig and his previous books so of course, I had to pick up his most recent release. I actually found this one in Sainsbury’s whilst doing a weekly shop. I read the blurb as I was waiting in the queue and it just sounds amazing and what I was looking for at the time. It’s one of those books that you can dip in and out of at any time and the only non-fiction that I’ve brought in a while. Notes On A Nervous Planet is about taking a look at how to feel happy, human and whole in a busy 21st century world.

Solitaire, Alice Oseman 

Solitaire is one that I picked up on a whim and instantly had me lusting over it straight after reading the blurb on the back of the book. It’s about a girl who likes to sleep and blog. Apart from that it doesn’t really give much else of the book away which I quite like as it makes you want to read it. I’m really excited to read this one out of all the books I have picked up.

Skylarks, Karen Gregory

I picked up Skylarks in my local Waterstones at the weekend and straight away fell in love with it. Not only does it sound as though it has a beautiful storyline but it has a gorgeous front cover too. It’s another short read which would be good for a weekend away or a holiday over the Summer. It’s about a young girl named Joni who meets Annabel and although they seem extremely different at first I think they will find themselves within each other.

Nobody Real, Steven Camden

I’m not going to lie to you but the cover is what initially attracted me to this book. It is so bright, colourful and fun. Similar to Skylarks I picked this up on Pride weekend when my local Waterstones had labelled all the young adult fiction books eg. Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender which I thought was really nice especially for someone who is still exploring their sexuality or interested in reading about something a bit different to the usual heterosexual love story.

Have you read any of these books? What’s your thoughts? Did you like reading this kind of blog post? Let me know.

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