Zoe Sugg is many things- an author, a YouTuber, a sibling and a pug mumma but one of her latest tweets has firmly reinforced the fact she’s also an inspiration. As well as speaking out in the past about mental health, Zoe took to Twitter recently to dispel the myths and eradicate the fears around having a cervical smear test.
With one in every two of us developing cancer at some point in our lives, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness of having regular tests.
Tweeting about the experience, Zoella wrote: “Just had my first smear. NGL, I was very nervous but it was honestly fine! If you need to book one, let this be your reminder.”
A cervical smear test, for those of you that don’t know, is a quick and painless test to check for cervical cancer and abnormal cells. In England, women aged 25 and over will be tested although there have been several prolific campaigns to have the age of testing brought down to either 18 or 21.
In Scotland, you’re invited from the age of 20 to have a cervical smear test.
Fans tweeted Zoella back with a whole bunch of questions and concerns and she did her best to reassure them that the whole process is nothing to be worried about.
As well as tweeting about how important the experience is for women of all age, Zoe shared a rather hilarious story with fellow YouTuber Melanie Murphy.
Speaking about what happened when she went for her smear test, Melanie told Zoe she had put off her smear test for a long time but eventually had it done. To distract Melanie from her nerves, the nurse asked her to look at a Where’s Wally poster. For Zoe, the experience wasn’t so simple; whilst doing he smear test, the nurse asked her about what she does for a living…
Cue the entire Internet in stitches at the thought of Zoe trying to explain what it’s like being one of the YouTubers on the entire planet whilst having a rather intimate examination done.
In all seriousness though, Zoe’s tweet should hopefully go a long way to dispelling the fear and nerves around cervical smear tests and for that we’re very proud of her.