What a gift today is!
First of all, it’s my 4 year wedding anniversary!
Will you take my hand and take a trip down memory lane with me?
I’m telling you right now that THIS is personal.
BUT, no matter how PERSONAL we get in here, I promise you won’t regret reading this.
If you’d rather not get too PRIVATE and PERSONAL with me then now’s the time to turn around…
Is anyone still there?
What I’m about to share with you is PHENOMENAL. It’s my own personal testimony and experience with an actual CURE for a disease.
Cure? Cure for what? I didn’t know you were sick?
This isn’t the sort of disease you broadcast but I’m here being BRAVE and laying it all out on the line for you because I want to raise awareness and give others hope. Hope that I had and lost…until today.
Six years ago after my annual pap smear screening I found out that I had the sexually transmitted diesease called the Human Papillomavirus or HPV.
How could this be? I feel fine…I’m a newly divorced, and happily single woman!
A person can have HPV even if years have passed without sexual contact. There are usually no symptoms. Approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. There is no FDA approved cure for this virus but they do offer vaccines to young girls to help prevent it. There are more then 40 types of it. Half of these types cause genital warts and the other half cause cervical cancer. Every year, about 12,000 women get cervical cancer in the U.S. Almost all of these cancers are from HPV.
I had the type that caused cervical cancer.
My heart sank…I was devastated!
Cancer RUNS in my family already! I don’t need any additional odds against me here!
Even with the grim diagnosis, I was given hopeful news. In 90% of cases, the body’s immune system clears HPV naturally within two years. I would need to watch it. Pap smears every six months followed by annual colposcopy and cervical biopsies.
Two years…two years…OK! My body will fight this. I mean, I’m not the healthiest person in the world. I’ve struggled with complications from my gastric bypass but…I’m good. I should be good??
Two years came and went. Every pap came back abnormal and every biopsy showed that I not only had the virus but I also had cell changes. I felt so helpless. I was worried that cancer would come and steal my chances of having children… but the Lord blessed me with two beautiful boys anyway.
All the way up until last year after I had my second son, all of the exams came back abnormal. It was becoming “my new normal”.
That time of year came around again two weeks ago.
Here we go…
After the pap, I sat there on the edge of the cold, paper covered bed. Feet still in stirrups. Something told me to ask my gynecologist what was on my heart.
I mumbled under my breath, “Do you think my HPV could still cure itself?”
She gave me a sweet sympathetic look and said, “It CAN go away by itself….*pause* But if it’s going to it will usually do so in the first two years.”
I nodded and accepted her answer. She said in two weeks I could call the oh-so-familiar test line and get my automated results.
Well, today I decided to call. After all, we’re moving and I need to get things in order. Find out where I can get my colposcopy in South Dakota, get my records copied etc.
As the message played, I gasped!
What did that say?
I replayed it.
There was no doubt about it. It said that, “YOUR RESULTS ARE NORMAL”.
Words I haven’t heard in over 6 years, friends!
I began to cry…
How? How could this be? What is so different about me now then a year ago??
Oh I’ll tell you what! (Bet you can guess)
The one BIG difference between the Reyna who got the exam last year and the Reyna who got the exam this year? She’s following a disease preventing, disease REVERSING, whole foods, plant-based diet!! THAT’S WHAT!!