Jessica had intense vaginal bleeding. She was told it was ‘normal’ and ‘common’.

Her words struck a chord with several women, who urged others to advocate for their own health whenever they feel something isn’t right.

“Please listen to your body and if one doctor doesn’t take you seriously go to another until you get an answer,” wrote one commenter.

“So sorry you suffered unnecessarily,” wrote another. “We must do better.”

Jessica’s sister Reyni announced her passing on Instagram, writing: “It’s my birthday today, and the only thing I could ever wish for is for God to bring you back on this earth. I lost my beautiful big sister two days ago, and my heart has never felt pain like this.”

Reyni remembered her sister as “amazing, strong, confident” and someone “with so much wisdom, prayed for me, and helped me become a better mother.”

Jessica joined YouTube over a decade ago in 2013, sharing nearly 450 videos and accumulating over 225,000 subscribers. 

She leaves behind a husband and two young daughters.

According to Cancer Council, over 900 Australians were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2023, with the main symptoms being vaginal bleeding between periods, pain during intercourse, pelvic pain and vaginal bleeding after menopause. 

Women can significantly increase their chances of discovering it early by staying up-to-date with their cervical screen tests.

Feature Image: Instagram @jessicapettway.