Sex problem: Mum’s undiagnosed issue led to a horrific discovery
A mum-of-two has spoken out about how a problem while having sex while later turned out to a horrifying discovery — she had cancer.
Maxine Smith, 31, was diagnosed with cervical cancer two years ago and is currently undergoing chemotherapy in a bid to increase her chances of survival.
In 2016 she first became aware there was a problem after noticing she was bleeding during sex and claims she asked doctors at the time for a smear test.
However, she said she was refused as she’d had her routine test two years previously and was due one the following year.
Ms Smith said her symptoms were originally thought to be “contraceptive problems” and it wasn’t until she moved and changed doctors she was finally tested.
Following her diagnosis, Ms Smith, a hairdresser from the UK, has since undergone a hysterectomy and chemotherapy.
Her belief is she wouldn’t be “facing the horrors” in her life now if she had been given a smear test on demand.
She claimed she had a smear test at the age of 26 and was due to have another at the age of 29.
A pap smear involves collecting cells from the cervix and testing these for abnormalities, explains information on the Mayo Clinic’s site.
When she was 27 she said she began to experience bleeding after sex and went to her doctor because she “knew there was something wrong”.
“I’d kept on getting bleeding and went to the doctor around five times.
“I was screened for STI’s and was told there was nothing wrong with my cervix even though they didn’t do a test.
“I’m not a promiscuous person so it was all very embarrassing.
“I went so many times but kept on getting told it was my pill that was making me bleed.”
“I don’t think I would have needed all the hard treatment of chemotherapy and then have to be battling it again to lose my life a few years down the line.
“It has left my family feeling heartbroken and helpless, my mother keeps saying it should be her and not me.”
“MY FAMILY ARE NOT READY FOR ME TO GO”
Part of what makes Ms Smith’s situation so heartbreaking is the realisation she will not potentially survive the illness to see her children grow up.
“The worst feeling is looking at my beautiful children and realising that I’m going to be stolen away from them,” she said.
“My children are quite young but I’ve tried to explain to them what’s happened.
“I’ve said there’s a flower that’s opening up inside of me and it’s getting bigger and bigger.”
In a bid to help her kids understand what she is going through, Ms Smith has told them she has to go to the hospital to get “magical treatment” that “makes the flower close”.
“They know I’m poorly but that’s all I’ve told them. I want to protect them as much as I possibly can,” she said.
“Not a day goes by that my heart doesn’t break when I think they won’t have me around one day and I won’t see their lives unfold.
“My family are not ready for me to go, they feel cursed.”
Ms Smith is currently receiving chemotherapy to shrink the cancer to give her some extra time with her precious children, George, six, and Mia, five.
“The doctors have said I’ve got about three years at most,” she said, adding: “I’m going to fight this with everything I’ve got.
“I don’t care how much pain and suffering I have to go through as long as it gives me the chance to stay with the kids for just a bit longer.
“The NHS has been fantastic, they’ve gone above and beyond and I’m just so grateful to them.
“I’m hoping to just spend time with my children and enjoy the little things in life with the time I have left.”
Ms Smith’s family are currently raising money for her on GoFundMe to pay for the cost of taking her and her children to Disneyland.
Originally published as Mum’s sex problem led to ‘horror’ discovery