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Grief, Emptiness, and Guilt After Hysterectomy

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Grief and guilt after my hysterectomyI'm feeling depressed for losing my ability to have children, empty because I have no other children in my life, and guilty for not giving my mom the grandchildren she always wanted. Is this normal? Will it ever go away?


It's normal to feel loss for your uterus and fertility. It's normal to feel that you let down your parents for not having children. And it's normal to feel additional loss over not having other children in your life to invest yourself.

As you feel emotionally healthy, you may find yourself trying to focus on new opportunities, unrelated to having children, or just a different focus entirely. This will not negate or replace the ache you feel, but it is a way to find something that will give you purpose and meaning in place of children. Check out a book called "Out Live Your Life" by Max Lucado, maybe it will give you some ideas. Many HysterSisters find a new purpose in helping other women on the forums through feelings just like you are describing.

Be encouraged. Seek professional help in addition to the support of other HysterSisters. With time, all things will fall into their proper place. You may always remember, but the wounds will heal with time.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

01-04-2011 - 10:53 AM


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