Cervical Cancer Survivor Stories

Women from across the country have shared their personal survivor stories. Their first-hand accounts offer important lessons for other women.

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“Please, take care of yourself. Listen to your body and talk to your doctor about which cancer screening tests are right for you.”
McKerrin K., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 34

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“I choose to see the blessings in the experience of having cancer. I learned to listen to my body and advocate for myself.”
Ana R., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 36

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“Always listen to that inner voice. If you feel like something is not right, get it checked.”
Amy R., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 41

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“Cancer has changed my entire life and how I appreciate and look at everything around me.”
Jen P., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 43

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“I was scared and angry when I received my diagnosis, but I decided to face it head on.”
Janna H., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 32

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“I had the chance to prevent my cancer. Please don’t miss your chance. Vaccinate yourself and your children.”
Kristina N.H., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 34

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“I’ve been thrown some difficult challenges, but yes, there will be a rest of my life. I will NEVER give up!”
Rose T., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 38

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“My instinct has always been to never give up!”
Jennie C., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 32

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“I had a family history of cervical and uterine cancers but I didn’t get checked until I had symptoms. So if you have a family history, tell your doctor and ask if you should have special tests to find anything early.”
Eileen A., Cervical and Uterine Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 64

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“Get your Pap smear regularly. It really can save your life.”
Geraldine P., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 62

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“I’m living proof that screening can find cervical cancer at an early stage, when treatment works best.”
Tamika F., Cervical Cancer Survivor
Age at diagnosis: 25

Share Your Story

If you’re a survivor of cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, or vulvar cancer, please consider sharing your story here. Send a note to CDC-INFO and we’ll get in touch with you. Please include “Inside Knowledge, Personal Story” in the subject line.

Page last reviewed: January 12, 2021