Woman Celebrating Hysterectomy With Custom Cookies Praised: 'F**k HPV'

A woman has been praised online for her unusual celebration of a hysterectomy.

On the popular Reddit forum r/funny on Tuesday, Suzie Campbell from Chicago shared a picture of custom-made cookies that she had designed to commemorate the medical procedure. She wrote: "I got cookies made to commemorate my hysterectomy. Bakery did not disappoint."

With more than 30,000 upvotes, the hilarious sweet treats have delighted the internet. Including cookies in the shape of a uterus with the words "Womb there it goes," and others including one featuring the Taylor Swift lyric "We are never, ever getting back together," and others that read: "Monthly subscription: Canceled," and "F*** HPV."

Campbell commissioned Top Notch Bake Shop in Chicago to create the custom cookies that have left internet users in stitches. Opened in 2021 by Campbell's close friend Hannah, she says she has been obsessed with her cookies from the start.

Hysterectomy celebration cookies
A picture of some of the cookies created by Top Notch Bake Shop to celebrate a hysterectomy. The custom sweet treats have delighted the internet after gaining viral attention on Reddit. topnotchbakeshopchicago/Instagram

Campbell told Newsweek: "I've been trying to make light of my medical issues, because what else can you do when you are 35, a newly single mom, and trying to make it through a terrifying time in your life?"

In February 2022, Campbell found out that she had pre-cervical cancer: CIN 3, where severely abnormal cells are found on the surface of the cervix—while this is not cancer, it can become cancer and spread to nearby normal tissue if left untreated—and AIS, a non-invasive type of cervical cancer that can turn into invasive cancer if not treated.

CIN 3 and AIS are usually associated with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a very common group of viruses that will cause no problems in some people, but can progress to cause genital warts or cancer.

"I have two beautiful children and don't plan to have any more, so the decision to have a hysterectomy to save myself from cancer in 6-10 years was pretty easy," said Campbell.

​​According to the American Cancer Society, in 2022 over 14,000 new cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed, while around 4,280 women will die from cervical cancer.

Most frequently diagnosed in women between the ages of 35 and 44, cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for women in the U.S. The death rate dropped significantly with the increased uptake of the pap test, a screening procedure that can identify changes in the cervix before cancer develops.

"I had bought a sticker for my phone of a uterus that says 'we are never, ever, ever getting back together,' and thought it would make a great cookie," explained Campbell. "I texted Hannah right away and we started brainstorming ideas."

Delighted by the commission, Hannah, the owner of Top Notch Bake Shop, told Newsweek: "When Suzie contacted me I was so excited to bake for her. She's bought from me before and has loved by cookies, but never a whole set—and for such a special celebration."

The sweet treats were not only fun to think up and create, but have proved a healing moment for Campbell herself: "I needed a way to send my uterus and cervix off with a big old f*** you. I needed a way to tell myself that it was going to be okay. I could raise my kids and be healthy. That I was allowed to be happy after this."

Reddit users were amazed by the custom cookies. One commenter said: "Wow that bakery did an amazing job." Another wrote: "Those are amazingly clever and hilarious."

"This was the perfect reason to support a small business, to allow myself a moment to believe that I'm okay, and laugh about the absurdity of the last 5 months of my life," said Campbell. "To help me find closure and open the door to the next chapter."