Routine cancer check saves mom’s life
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.
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Jackie Vos and son Hendre (11)