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.