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Do This - Not That: Managing Anger after Hysterectomy

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Woman angry about hysterectomyI regret my hysterectomy. Things didn’t turn out like I expected. How can I manage with this anger I feel?


You tried to make the best decision possible before having your hysterectomy. But things haven’t turned out like you expected.

You didn’t heal like you had planned. You aren’t feeling as good as you thought you would. You have new aches and pains. In some ways, you feel like you’ve traded one set of problems for another.

If you had it to do all over again, you might have made a different decision–now that you know how things could turn out. You hadn’t expected the complications and negative side effects. Now you are angry and disappointed.

Since you can’t turn back the clock, what can you do?

DO THIS:

  • Find a doctor who will listen and help.
  • Research, learn, and ask lots of questions.
  • Advocate for yourself.
  • Keep a symptom diary.
  • Take care of all of you–mind, body, and soul.
  • Consider HRT if you’ve had your ovaries removed, too.
  • Make better choices for better health.
  • Eat well.
  • Exercise regularly–it’s good for your mind and body.
  • Ask about vitamins and supplements.
  • Consider alternatives and complementary therapy.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Pray or meditate.
  • Find a coping mechanism for your anger.
  • Direct your anger toward something positive.
  • Count your blessings.
  • Remember the good things, like no more periods.
  • Spend some time outdoors in nature.
  • Consider counseling.
  • Join a support group.

NOT THIS:

  • Don’t play the blame game.
  • Don't expect your health team to do all the work.
  • Don’t forget, you are more than your reproductive organs.
  • Don’t blame yourself.
  • Don’t make decisions out of desperation.
  • Don't feel pressured into treatments you don't feel are right for you.
  • Don't ignore signs of depression.
  • Don’t forget to manage stress–it’ll help you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  • Don’t forget that anger takes up a lot of energy you can use for better things.
  • Don’t forget to laugh and spend time with friends and family.
  • Don’t give up.
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.

08-20-2016 - 01:53 PM


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