How often do we as moms put ourselves on the back burner? We push our appointments back in order to get other things done for our family. With January being “Cervical Health Month” I want to remind you of why we need to keep yourself healthy for your family. In order for you be the best you, in order for you to be able be the best mother, you always need to remember to care for you!
I’ll take you back a bit to before I was ready to be a mom but when it was a dream to becoming one. At the age of 17 I went in to the local health clinic to request birth control. The doctor working that day advised me that I should have a pap and some blood test as part of a yearly checkup. A few weeks later when the results were in I was told I needed to go in for a follow up. At the follow up I was told the test came positive for cancerous cells and I needed to see someone for further testing.
I was so nervous wondering what this could mean. Would I have cancer, would I ever have the chance to become a mom? For the first appointment I went alone and all the information was so overwhelming. I was told by this doctor that I may never have children. I was also told that I needed to have colposcopy or better known as a biopsy. This doctor was an older man who had very little bedside manner I am sure he thought I was too young and maybe even was dealing with this before I did it to myself.
I needed to have support from the one person who although I wasn’t always the best daughter would always have my back, I needed my mom. I told her about my visits and the test I still needed done. I talked to her about my worries and how I may never be able to have kids. At the next appointment it was my time to have the colposcopy. I have never felt so much pain in my life. My insides were being frozen and skins cells were being taken out for testing. This is something I don’t wish for anyone to have to feel.
For many years every six months like clockwork I would see my new provider. A provider who wouldn’t judge me or think bad of me for my decisions. I encourage you this month to call your favorite local provider to have your annual check-up. Remember that doctor you call either once a year when you need a refill your birth control or well when SURPRISE you’re having a baby. Yup that’s the one you need to call.
I urge you to call for that appointment, to put yourself first just once or maybe a few times. To keep your health a top priority this is in the best interest of not only you but your family. I wish you luck this year and please comment letting me once you have made that appointment and put yourself first.