“The split-second decision that saved me” – Teresia’s story
One day, while going about her daily activities in her community in Nakuru, Kenya, 26 year-old Teresia Wangui met a group of people providing medical services. They seemed to be focusing on women, and since she had a few minutes to spare, she made her way to the tent where they were working. This decision would save her life – literally.
The Nakuru branch of Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) was offering mobile cervical cancer screening services at the medical camp. FHOK is the IPPF Member Association in Kenya.
“When I approached the tent, I found out that they were offering free cervical cancer screening services, and I decided to get tested too because I felt that I needed to know my status,” said Teresia.
It was a decision that paid off – Teresia was found to have precancerous lesions. To help allay the development of these lesions into cervical cancer, she was referred for cryotherapy treatment for precancerous cells on the cervix.
"I'm glad that I was able to be screened and receive treatment"
“Had I not made that split-second decision to pop into the medical camp offered by FHOK, I probably would not be here sharing my story with you today. I'm glad that I was able to be screened and receive treatment. I would advise all ladies to go for cervical cancer screening, even if you are young and have not had children, since it affects everyone who is sexually active.
"I would also like to tell my fellow women not to wait for services to be brought to their doorstep. Cervical cancer screening services are also offered in many clinics, so it is your responsibility to undertake regular checks. You are the one responsible for your own health,” said Teresia.
FHOK implemented the Cervical Cancer Screening and Preventative Therapy (CCS&PT) initiative in different parts of the country through its static clinics and outreach service delivery points.