CLARE woman Laura Brennan was diagnosed with stage 2B cervical cancer at age 24.
She has battled bravely but now at the age of 25, her cancer is terminal.
Laura has leant her voice to a HSE campaign encouraging girls to avail of the HPV vaccine and to ignore the rumours that it isn’t safe.
“I was quite optimistic as there was something that could be done. With chemo and radiation there was a good chance that it could be cured.
“Two months later it was back and things are different this time. There is no treatment that will cure my cancer, there is only treatment that will prolong my life,” Laura said.
She pointed out that if any good is to come from her diagnosis, she hopes it will be that parents will get their daughters vaccinated.
“The vaccine saves lives, it could have saved mine,” Laura added.
Coombe Hospital Consultant Gynaecologist Dr Cliona Murphy advised families to check out the HSE website for details in order to make an informed decision on getting the vaccine.
“Don’t be swayed by rumours, get the facts. Get the vaccine,” Laura said.
Get the facts at http://www.hpv.ie
Check out Laura’s video: