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38 years old

“Madame, I am calling you further to your smear, you need to make an urgent appointment with your doctor ... I am not able to tell you anything further, I am not permitted to do so”. 6 days of anguish, of imagining the worst and finally a “pretty” name for a virus which until then I didn't know existed and didn't know the consequences of.

I left my appointment last Friday with the name "papillomavirus" and a feeling of injustice and anger. I read and re-read the result of my smear, mentioning the detection of “oncogenic human papillomavirus”: does oncogenic mean carcinogenic?!? That says it all, the knot in my stomach tightens.

Thousands of questions whirl around in my mind day and night, nightmares populate the few hours of sleep my fear allows me.

I am angry: why me? why that?

Delphine - Gentilly (94) - 38 years old

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