GET SUPPORT GET CONNECTED Your Voices Laura What cancer were you diagnosed with? Cervical cancer What age were you diagnosed? 29 What has helped you to thrive? Since, my diagnosis I have had to adjust to a new me, and only through connecting with other young people who truly get it have I been able to navigate my way through it, other young adults who have been where I was. Now I'm here to help others, through Trekstock and the amazing sessions we run bringing everyone together and connecting people who can support each other on a different level because we get it. Laura's Story I was diagnosed with cervical cancer at 29 following a routine smear test. I had put my test off for a few months due being "too busy." I was also under the illusion that I would know if I had cancer and that is exactly what I told my mum over the phone as I left my smear test and told her to stop pestering me. I hadn't shown any symptoms, and even after my abnormal results I had been told the chances of it being cancer were slim. I felt silly for even thinking it could have been, yet here I was a few weeks later hearing those four words that change your life forever "I`m sorry its cancer." I did not see that coming, I didn't feel ill, I didn't have any symptoms but here I was a cancer patient. Thanks to smear testing my cancer was caught incredibly early and I could have surgery and no further treatment would be needed. I had a total hysterectomy, yes I was losing my fertility; but I have two children and although having the option to have more taken away was heartbreaking I have to count my blessings that I have the two I've got and I will be here to watch them grow up.