My name is Mary Lou. I’m almost 49 years old, have been married for 26 years and have two grown children (Carrie, 25 and Matthew, 21)and one grandchild (Zachary 3 1/2 who is the love of my life). We live in Kennebunk, Maine, a nice little town on the Atlantic Ocean that has quite a few summer visitors, some famous and some not so famous (does the name Bush ring a bell?).
I work crazy hours in the summer, in order to be a stay at home grandmother in the winter. I take care of my grandson while my DD works. I do work part time during tax season as a tax preparer. I love numbers. I am also on two bowling leagues – here in the northeast we have candlepins, not the big balls and pins. DH &amp; I have bikes and we like to get out when we can, in the spring, summer, and fall. I also enjoy NASCAR racing.
In the past I had some cervical polyps that had to be removed because of problems they were causing. My hysterectomy was because of fibroids. For 2 ˝ years after they first caused problem periods and were diagnosed, I was on Provera to control things. It worked for 2 ˝ years, and then a period started and just wouldn’t stop, for 46 days. By then my uterus was about 16-18 week size. DR said it was time, and I agreed wholeheartedly.
Surgery was Feb 5, 2002. I am taking estradiol 1mg/day. I also have Hashimoto’s Disease – an autoimmune disorder involving the thyroid, I take Levoxyl every day for that. After surgery and recovery I realized how truly awful I felt before. I have so much energy now, and it’s wonderful not to have mood swings anymore, cause mine really swung!!
I found HysterSisters in November of 2001. The site helped me get ready for surgery in all ways. Preparing mentally, and knowing what would be helpful to have for post op. Also the reassurance that what I wasn’t alone in what I was thinking and feeling. Then while I was recovering having others to compare notes with, so I knew that my recovery was on track.
I feel very fortunate that I had a textbook recovery. I took the advice to not rush things very seriously, and I truly think that was a big factor.
Feel free to email me at [email protected]
I’m also on AIM as mlweeman
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I may not have much to add to my journal, but this is a start!