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Age does not make you any uglier, or any more beautiful than you have always been, it merely strips away those dishonest traits that seem, in youth, deceptively authentic and sincere. Hate, distrust, anger and selfishness, along with other shortcomings that have lain hidden, masked for years by the artificial brilliance of physical beauty, will inevitably rise to the surface, and in old age, they are all that’s left; blatantly visible to the naked eye. Depending on how you have treated others in your life, time can be cruel to you, or it can be kind.
Moore spreads the word about cervical cancer
by Lauren Jones, Staff Writer
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Holly Moore, owner of Imagine Hair Art Studio and Gallery Lounge, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2011. Now she is committed to raising awareness about cervical cancer and is designing and selling merchandise in her store. (Lauren Jones / Rome News-Tribune)
When doctors told her she had a 50 percent chance of losing her hair, Moore said she would just get a tattoo. (Lauren Jones / Rome News-Tribune)Ladies, let’s talk about your cervix.
Uncomfortable, isn’t it? Perhaps even unnerving and without a doubt, embarrassing. But not discussing something for fear of treading through an uncomfortable conversation could quite literally mean the difference between life and death. Cervical cancer is on the rise and while it is preventable if caught early, it’s deadly if left untreated.
Holly Moore discovered the truth about cervical cancer the hard way.
Moore, owner and master hair artist at Imagine Hair Art Studio and Gallery Lounge at 334 Broad St., was diagnosed with cervical cancer on May 19, 2011. Having not had a pap smear since 1999, Moore knew something unusual was going on with her body. At 39 years old, Moore’s energy level was down and her periods weren’t normal.
“I just chalked it up to going through menopause early,” said Moore. “I’d heard that happens if you don’t have kids. I really just chocked it up to changes of life.”
But in the later half of 2010, Moore knew deep down that some of the changes her body was going through were questionable.
On that day in May 2011, Moore found herself sitting in her gynecologist’s office with her mother, sister and husband.
The moment the doctor said they needed a biopsy right away and went ahead scheduling CT scans, Moore knew she had cancer.
“It was in stage 4B, which mainly means my tumor was fairly large. It was six centimeters, and my lymph nodes in the stomach area were active. I have two spots on my lungs.”
Cervical cancer is preventable, but only if women get regular pap smears that will detect any abnormalities. Because the cancer is so preventable, Moore found herself angry.
“Mine wouldn’t be so progressed had I not been lazy in getting screenings and utilizing resources that were available,” she said.
Age does not make one any uglier, or any more beautiful than they have always been, it merely strips away those dishonest traits that seem, in youth, deceptively authentic and sincere. Hate, distrust, anger and selfishness, all inevitably rise to the surface, and in old age, are all that is left. Depending if you were, or were not, time can be cruel or can be kind.