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Frustrated with Non-Supportive Family and Friends before Hysterectomy

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Frustrated with non-supportive family before hysterectomyI am scheduled to have a hysterectomy soon. A lot of my friends and family are acting like having a hysterectomy is no big deal. It is considered MAJOR surgery. Maybe I'm being hormonal, but I'm frustrated.

It can sometimes be hard to convey to your friends and family just how major of a surgery you are actually having. Some people just won’t understand how hard it can be on your body. While they may seem to comprehend that you are having a major surgery, they won’t understand how hard and how long the road to recovery will actually be. Having a hysterectomy is a big deal.

Educating those closest to you may help them understand more. Often, it helps to talk with your husband or significant other about the recovery process and about your expectations and needs. You might also want to consider bringing him along to your appointment. Mister HysterSisters is also a great resource for them to provide information on how they can best support you. Several members have stated that their husbands were not aware of how scared and concerned their wives were until they said something. Sometimes, all it takes is talking with him.

Not everyone will understand, but that is okay. Not everyone knows what you're feeling nor what you are about to go through. Find your support group of those who are willing to lend an ear and support. And while some other women may have healed faster than you and some went back to work sooner than you, follow your body’s lead along with your doctor’s lead. Not every surgery is the same. Not everyone will heal the same.

You really only get one chance to heal right. Give yourself that chance or you may end up with more complications in the future that will cause more time off. Do what you need to do for yourself. And, of course, don't forget that HysterSisters is here to help you along the way!

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.

10-21-2012 - 06:31 AM


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