Want to know what my life is like since my hysterectomy?
I shared my personal struggle with my health crisis last year when I underwent a hysterectomy due to a potential ovarian cancer scare. I had been suffering for years through pre menopausal symptoms and
was taking bio-identical hormones to help rectify my pain. It became apparent that I could no longer avoid surgery and it turned out to be the best thing I’ve ever done.
My recovery took a good six weeks to start feeling somewhat normal again. I had relatively no pain and chose to not take pain pills for longer than a couple days once I was home. I quickly began to move around as much as possible to avoid gas pains and increase my mobility.
Now it’s been six months and I feel absolutely terrific! It’s been great getting back into my workouts; knowing that I now won’t be interrupted by, unexpected and unrelenting bleeding. It’s also a joy to discover sex again with my wonderful husband who stood by me every step of the way. I feel so bad for all the days I neglected him because of my own painful struggle. Needless to say, I didn’t feel sexy or remotely sexual for a long time.
It’s only when we have a major health crisis do we seem to put things in perspective. As I approach my 51st birthday next week, I am grateful to see another year on this planet. My birthday serves as a marker for me to set better goals, strive to give everything I do my best and to love and embrace life as much as possible.
So it’s with great pleasure that I have that wonderful energetic feeling again to do all of the things life has to offer with ease. I no longer feeling burdened with my own health worries or feel like I am a burden to those around me because of it. I’m free to fly and that exactly what I’m doing now.
My husband tells me constantly how wonderful it is to have his wife back and how having a hysterectomy hasn’t changed anything he loves about me. It doesn’t make me less of a woman because of it. In fact, it’s something I highly recommend more women look closely into as they approach age 50.
I had to rely on my own intuition in making this decision and not my doctors. I had an oncologist recommending it and my OBGYN saying all tests were coming back negative for cancer. Yet, my own intuition was telling me something was really wrong. I had taken multiple CA 125 tests that kept coming back higher in levels and reached 220. My oncologist said the fact that these test were coming back higher was a marker that there could be cancer, but he couldn’t be sure unless I had the surgery because ovarian cancer was the hardest to detect.
The unusual heavy bleeding I was experiencing certainly wasn’t normal for my age and it was becoming more frequent and more painful. I finally couldn’t take it anymore and set the surgery date.
A laparoscopic surgery that should have taken 2 hours, took 3 hours due to the size and hardness of the fibroid. My doctor told my husband it was as big as his fist and rock hard. Discovering this new information and the fact that all ultra sounds didn’t show an increase in size, told me that listening to my intuition was truly a blessing in my life.
My recent checkup and CA 125 is down to a normal range of 67 and I have a couple of little bruises the size of dime where my incisions were made. What if I didn’t listen to that little voice telling me, “When it doubt, take it out.” In fact, I didn’t feel the least bit scared or apprehensive about the surgery. I was ready for a change and that’s exactly what I have now. I have a change that has given me new life.