Friday, November 13, 2009

My Public Service Announcement

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I know I have been MIA this week and I debated with myself about posting such a personal subject on a home decor blog but I figured if I could give some helpful information to at least one person, it would be worthwhile. And I have met some real nice people from blogging and it feels so much like an extended family.

On this past Monday at the age of 35, I had a hysterectomy. Fortunately, I was able to keep one ovary so I will not have to take hormone replacements. This surgery came as a disappointment to me because I hoped to at least have a chance at bearing another child if I wanted to in the next few years.

The hysterectomy was necessary due to my numerous and enlarged fibroid tumors. When I first became aware that I had fibroids years ago, I was told that they were benign and that I didn’t have to worry about them until they started causing me problems. Well that wasn’t totally correct. Due to my lack of knowledge of the subject of fibroids, my fibroids grew to the point of no return. For the most part, I was symptomless because I had normal albeit slightly heavy periods every month. I never had multiple periods or missed periods and never had any pain other than normal menstrual cramps controlled by over the counter medication. I contributed my expanding waistline to the lack of regular exercise. By the time the fibroids had swollen my uterus to the size of a seven month pregnancy and I was having periods every two weeks and intolerable pain (which happened within a month of the surgery being scheduled), it was too late and surgery was my only option available.

If I had been closely monitoring my fibroids over the years, I could have possibly shrunk them with new medications that are now available or had a myomectomy to remove just the tumors and been able to keep my reproductive organs. So if you or someone you know have been diagnosed with fibroids, don’t wait until obvious symptoms appear to have the current status of your fibroids checked.

And last but certainly not least, THANK YOU SO MUCH to all of my friends and family who visited, called, texted, sent well wishes, sent flowers, picked up/dropped off my daughter to various events, cooked food, etc… And a BIG THANK YOU to my blog sister Latasha for all of your support. So since I have a six week recovery time, my decor projects will be very small scale for the time being. So I am off to catch up on reading everyone else's blog and responding to comments and emails. On to regularly scheduled programming.

10 comments:

Dayka said...

Well she didn't tell me all of this (understandably so), so thank you so much for having the courage to be honest and share your story. I've heard of fibroids, but really do not know a lot about them, so thank you for sharing this information. I wish you a very speedy recovery and hope to see you back on blogspot soon! :) Also, if you don't go back to my blog, here's my response:

Annette, you are tellin' the truth about those lampshades! I bought those at at Target on clearance for $13 (each), but they don't really good with the white lamps. I've been trying them for awhile, but I think I'm going to take them back. I've found some shades I liked, but at $50, the shades are more than the lamps!!! For that price I could've bought a brand new set at Home Goods!

janna said...

I hope you get to feeling better soon! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

Audra said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you recover. I have had a bout of medical issues with my daughter over the last two weeks resulting in an appendectomy two weeks ago, gall bladder surgery yesterday. As they say...if it isn't one thing, it's another.

I am so glad you shared this, too many of us forget to keep up on our exams and should because of issues just like this. My sister had a total hysterectomy at 26, my other sister is 33 and looking at a partial. Thank you Annette for your courage to share these intimate details with your blogging friends/fans.

May your recovery be swift and may you have great drugs to aid in your pain management. :)

ttfn...

Audra said...

I stumbled across your blog and have enjoyed following it as I also LOVE decorating!
I am very sorry to read about your surgery. I have been unsuccessful at carrying a second child for 3 1/2 years and am very grateful for the perfect 'one' that I have. I am very thankful that you were also blessed with 'one' and wish more would have been possible for you-if you wanted.
I wish you a relaxing, pain free, and successful recovery and I can't wait to see all of your GREAT ideas!
Take care and God Bless!
~Audra

Adrianna said...

Thank you so much for being so brave and posting this. I hope you feel better soon :o)

Jenny said...

I'm sorry to hear that you had to have a hysterectomy. It's great that you shared your story and will probably help someone out too!

My cousin has fibroids and has had a DNC for them. She is still having problems, so I'm not sure what's next.

I hope you have a fast recovery!

Symone's Mommy said...

Very powerful...I'm so glad you posted.

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

Hi!
I had nooo idea. I'm so glad that everything is better now. my sister (25) found out that she has fibroids. I don't think that she knows about the possibilities of this happening. not to tell too much of her business, but her stomach has grown a substancial amount as well. Thank you for sharing this because I MUST share this with her.

get well soon!

Leora said...

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us! It helps ALL women when one comes forward to talk about a difficult subject, and you've done it with such grace! Wishing you a speedy recovery and much deserved time to R&R.

The Cheatham Family said...

Thank you for sharing your story. Wishing you a speedy recovery and please let me know if we can do anything to help.
Take care,

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