Kitty is a very healthy woman. Aside from being overweight and having a little arthritis in my knees, I take no medications and haven’t been to the doctors in years aside from my annual gynecological exam and mammogram.
When I received a call from my gynecologist at work the other day, I immediately got a knot in my stomach. “You tested positive for HPV which is a sexually transmitted virus. You could have gotten it 10 years ago…” Those words rang in my head as she explained all of the possible outcomes and options in a completely non-judgmental way.
I hung up the phone after making an appointment for a biopsy and began to do some research. So basically yes, HPV is a sexually transmitted virus. Different types produce different results from simply existing silently in your body and never progressing to developing into fully blown cervical cancer.
As I was researching I heard my father’s voice behind me saying, “Enough is enough. What are you doing here? Is it really worth it for a cheap thrill in a hotel room?”
This HPV…it’s a sign. Something has to change. Well, many things have to change but first things first. Kitty needs to get through this biopsy and re-evaluate.