After more than 20 years with the New York Police Department, Patti Murrillo-Casa couldn’t wait to retire in 2008. She was finally going to join her husband, Freddie Casa, who had retired from the NYPD in 2007. The plan was to take an extended vacation. “I wanted to go to London, and many other places,” Patti says. “I was ready. Really ready.” Patti may have been ready emotionally, but not at all physically. A few months before her retirement, Patti started spotting blood between menstrual periods. “I ignored my regular pap smears for four years, because I felt fine,” she now admits.