Rou­tine can­cer check saves mom’s life

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Conelia Harry

AFTER months of dis­com­fort and ex­ces­sive bleed­ing, for­mer Richards Bay res­i­dent Jackie Vos fi­nally made that ‘long over­due’ visit to the gy­nae­col­o­gist and it lit­er­ally saved her life.

The 32-year-old sin­gle mother had no vis­its to the gy­nae or the rec­om­mended rou­tine pap smears over the last 11 years, but two months ago she made an ap­point­ment with a lo­cal gy­nae­col­o­gist for con­sul­ta­tion dur­ing her hol­i­day break in Richards Bay this month.

She had her first pap smear with spe­cial­ist ob­ste­tri­cian and gy­nae­col­o­gist Dr Jayesh­nee Mood­ley fol­lowed by a biopsy that re­vealed ag­gres­sive cer­vi­cal can­cer.

Now liv­ing in Piet Retief, it has been a dif­fi­cult time for her and she has been stay­ing in Richards Bay with her fam­ily this month while she pre­pares for the op­er­a­tion to re­move the can­cer.

‘In a mat­ter of weeks my life was turned up­side down and ev­ery­thing was hap­pen­ing so fast.

‘If I had not vis­ited the doc­tor I would not have been di­ag­nosed and the can­cer could have spread.

‘It is now that I re­alise the im­por­tance of rou­tine med­i­cal checks and screen­ing and how vi­tal early de­tec­tion is for can­cer.

‘I have never had any se­ri­ous ill­nesses or hos­pi­tal stays and I take care of my health but I ne­glected the reg­u­lar vis­its to the gy­nae.

‘With­out med­i­cal aid, I had to cover all the fees in cash and I am still rais­ing funds to pay for the op­er­a­tion, sched­uled for to­day (Tues­day ) to re­move the can­cer.

‘I am grate­ful that the can­cer has not spread and I will just have to have a hys­terec­tomy.

‘There is a site where dona­tions can be made and an ac­count for all do­na­tion de­posits too.’

Once the pro­ce­dure is over, Jackie hopes to do aware­ness cam­paigns and en­cour­age other young girls and women to have reg­u­lar pap smears, es­pe­cially if they are sex­u­ally ac­tive.

As it is can­cer aware­ness month, Jackie en­cour­ages all women to have their rou­tine pap smears.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to as­sist Jackie fi­nan­cially please call

076 8026998.

Jackie Vos and son Hen­dre (11)

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