By Mariannie Segarra
My name is Mariannie Segarra, I am a mom of two who works full time and rarely ever goes to the doctor as I tend to try every natural remedy first.
I don’t remember the last time I went to a regular doctor!
Very bad on my part, but who has time? I always thought I was healthy, I eat a healthy and clean diet and live an active lifestyle. I thought all was good… great job, kids doing well in school and was dating a wonderful man… I was on cloud 9!
Then I had one of those life-awakening moments last year. I was diagnosed with HPV.
Life gave me a “check yourself” moment. I remember it was a normal day going to your doctor, getting a routine pap smear and physical, then home to continue a normal day. I am a single mom so who has time to think about anything else, right? The call came two days later. My doctor asked me to return to do an emergency Leap procedure as soon as possible.
Fear came over me and I started to cry. Every thought you could imagine went through my head. Of course I went to Google and researched the entire procedure. It was too much to handle and I couldn’t help but cry even more. I researched and found every natural remedy there was and found myself even more disappointed and fearful. Needless to say I was a complete mess.
The more I read, the more I noticed how many young women have died in the past years
because they were not getting routine pap smears. I also found that many parents are afraid of the HPV vaccine that is now available. Vaccinations are a very personal thing. It is always best to choose the path you think is best for you and your family; but I am certain that I will have both my kids vaccinated. There are clinical studies and facts that say that 90% of people before the age of 40 will have the HPV virus. That statistics were alarming to me.
Shortly after the doctor’s call, I went in for the procedure. I was so nervous. I prayed.
I was blessed that my doctor was very kind and understanding of my anxiety and fear.
They did the procedure in less than 45 minutes. Other than, feeling a bit nauseous, I had no other side effects. It would be several days before they would have the final results, so I still had plenty of anxiety. My mind kept going to the worst thoughts. I continued to think, that they were going to come back with “cancer” news. I truly believe the mind is a magical thing. The less I had to think about the procedure the better I felt. The kids and I took a trip cross-country. I was a little afraid I was doing too much, but it was so worth it to get my mind off the “bad” stuff and focus on all the blessings I have.
A year has passed now and my body is finally getting back to normal. It took me 11 months to even get my cycle back. I do believe I had some depression after the fact and have been working to overcome those feelings. I think it became an issue because of the fear of having to go through deeper treatments and operations.
Most people are afraid to talk about the hard times in their life. Keeping all those thoughts of fear inside are worse for your healing body. But I have learned and I encourage everyone to talk about what is going in his or her bodies. The more we talk about it the more natural the conversation will become. The more we feel comfortable discussing everything we feel with our doctors the better they can diagnose us.
Last year I started a charity called C2 Rise Above Cervical Cancer. It’s still in very baby steps. My goal is to educate parents and young adults how to prevent getting HPV and how they can find out if they indeed have the virus. Plus many other goals to help families that are going through it.
Please follow us on social media and check out our website. This year we will be doing 5K and finding venues to partner with to get the awareness out on how common this is becoming.
I am a mom of two who loves Yoga and CrossFIT. I believe dancing is an exercise and I am excited to make my dreams of traveling the world a reality some day. I created C2 Rise Above Cervical Cancer because I believe all women should have the opportunity to get yearly exams without having to worry about the expense and educate all women on it’s importance. -Mariannie Segarra
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