1. Linnea

    I’m so happy for your news, Faith!

    I don’t know if I’ve ever shared my own experiences with you, but reading about yours brings me so much relief. For so long, I thought I was completely alone in this battle. And I was so ashamed. Sometimes I still am. To have something “wrong” with your womb really scarred my progress mentally and emotionally as I became a woman. Your boldness to share your experience brings me so much peace and confidence in my own journey. And your honesty makes me laugh, because really, you only understand it if you’ve gone through it!

    I was 20 when I got the news that I had cervical dysplasia, and needed to have the colposcopy and biopsy done. After that, just a few weeks after turning 21 during my 4th year at UVa, I got the news that I needed to have a LEEP done. I was terrified. Mostly because it meant telling my conservative parents (since I was on their insurance). And because I was terrified of what it meant for the rest of my adult life. After a successful LEEP – if you can call the horrible cramps and bleeding a “success” – I continued with every 6 months check-in. It wasn’t until last spring – four years later, that I was cleared to return to a normal pap schedule. I was overjoyed! But I still worry about 5, 10 years down the road and where I’ll be then. I would love to talk to you more about what you are doing with nutritional supplements… that is something I haven’t looked into yet.

    • gracefulfitness

      Thanks for writing Linnea and yes, let’s talk about nutrition. If nothing else it’s been empowering to me to feel like I am being proactive in dealing with it, rather than passively waiting for the docs to tell me what to do.

  2. Sarah

    That is great news Faith! Thanks for sharing your experiences. I really appreciate you posting about this issue because having dysplasia is a scary and isolating experience for many women, myself included. No having to face any follow up for an entire year must be a huge relief for you.

  3. Christine

    I am happy to hear things are lookin’ good!! Thank you for blogging about this tough stuff- I am having some health concerns lately as well, and although it’s not cervical dysplasia, I can definitely relate to your worries and stress. You also gave me a much-needed reminder to take care of myself and focus on healing my own body. Thank you, Faith.

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