Hi google and ert (okay-you too Fredo
Google, I too have been dealing with this for a long time. Diagnosed 18 months ago but who knows how long I've really been dealing with it. I hadn't gone for a pap for 5 years prior. I guess I put it low on the priority level because mine always came back normal. Plus, I hadn't ever even heard of HPV. Anyway.
I've had CO2 laser surgery and one normal pap since. Ironically, the only normal pap since surgery was the first one. The one they say will usually come back abnormal.
There is not a day that goes by in my life that I am not thinking about it. It's always in the back of my mind. I'm forever googling new HPV related diseases. I don't bother looking up possible positive therapies. There doesn't seem to be any.
I worry most about not my cervix-as my Dr is on top of that, but, the other "HPV related diseases".
No offense ert but high risk HPV can
be a life threatening disease. In fact, if you factor in all the possible cancers linked to high risk HPV-(from my estimate on what the many cancer sites say) translates into roughly thousands if not tens of thousands of deaths per year. Factoring cervical, anal,vaginal,vulva,penile and oral cancers.
It's scary business. Especially for those of us that can't quite shake the high risk type.
I quite literally on a daily basis (sometimes hourly) wait for the other shoe to fall. That being that I am diagnosed with an HPV related disease other than cervical.
I am 41 years old and am convinced I will never hold my grandchildren. I will never see my sons graduate from college. I will not live to see the ripe old age of 45.
Having this virus has changed who I am in every aspect and not for the better.
I will be thinking about you on June 12th google. Sending positive and healing thoughts your way.
I go for my quarterly pap on June 11th.
Please keep us updated.