because if I had let it go and not had a cone biopsy surgery
(where they go in, under general anesthesia, and laser
off the bad cervical
cells on the inside and outside of the cervix), it most certainly would have led to cervical cancer. "Almost" means that my condition was progressing and I was already at Stage III (which they refer to, I think, as a pre-cancer stage - but NOT cancer).
I also think I know what you mean by painful "pap smears" every three months.