Category Archives: HPV

  • Fighting HPV and Cancer

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    The past three years have been grueling. During that time, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Adenocarcinoma at age 36.  I was a single mother with two children, ages 6 and 8.  I got the diagnosis in a roundabout way, as, unfortunately, many of us do.  I had had abnormal pap smears starting 8 years […]

  • An Uncomplicated, Straightforward Choice

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    1 Week Prior to Doctor Appointment Zoe: “I don’t want to get a shot. Will I have to get a shot?” Me: “Yes, you will have to get at least one shot.” Zoe: “I DON’T WANT TO GET A SHOT? Why? Why do I have to get a shot?” Me: “To keep you healthy.” Zoe: […]

  • Cancer Prevention for Boys and Girls

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    Who’s your favorite Superman? Christopher Reeve? Dean Cain? Henry Cavill? Ours is Jason Mendelsohn, the unassuming father of three who defeated Stage IV HPV throat cancer in order to urge parents to vaccinate their children in order to prevent it for them. Parents of boys are often confused by the HPV vaccine. Both Nathan and […]

  • My Friend Al: An HPV Story

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    When he turned sixty, my friend Al went for his yearly physical and mentioned to the attending physician that he had a small lump on the side of his neck. The doctor didn’t seem concerned, but three months later the lump had grown. When they biopsied it, it turned out to be a HPV-positive throat […]

  • I Survived What Was Supposed to Kill Me

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    A few years before my diagnosis, I had seen many doctors for irregular bleeding and cramping. Sometimes my paps would come back abnormal and doctors would tell me I had low-grade cell changes on my cervix and that my body would fight it off. Other times I’d undergo an ultrasound to check for endometriosis, but […]

  • A Survivor Who Reminds Us to Prevent Cancer

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    Every parents’ life has been touched in some way by cancer. Whether they or their friends or their grandmothers or someone else has beaten or succumbed to some cancer, all parents know that cancer isn’t something to wish upon their worst enemy much less their own children. There are six cancers caused by HPV that […]

  • What’s up with All These Outbreaks?

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    A few months ago, I came across an article claiming that we can blame the anti-vaccine movement for the mumps cases popping up in college campuses and communities across the country. As much as I wanted to have a villain to blame for outbreaks, I also needed to make sure that all my assertions were based […]

  • Remembering Jennifer: An HPV Story

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    I met Jennifer in 2011 when I moved to a rural town in Minnesota so that my husband could pastor a local church. It was clear upon meeting Jen that she was a joy to be around—full of life, vibrant, and beautiful. From the beginning she and I would often spend hours after Bible study […]

  • Don’t Miss Your Chance to Prevent Cancer

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    I have no underlying health conditions and was and am a generally healthy. I am athletic, active, and enjoy time spent outdoors in any capacity. I had some abnormal Pap tests in my early twenties, which was treated with cryo followed by a LEEP. (note: a Papanicolau Test, or Pap test, is a test that looks for […]

  • An Interview with Dr. Jacobson: Mayo Clinic and the HPV Vaccine

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    As the person at the helm of Voices for Vaccines, I frequently hear the newest claims made by anti-vaccine activists about the alleged dangers of vaccines. Part of my job is investigating these claims, talking to experts about them, and helping to communicate to parents about which of these claims are valid and which are […]