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Unread 03-28-2004, 10:04 PM
I must be a fool

HI everyone

I have been reading all of your posts and I have to say that I must be a fool. I went to my Dr. to get my tubes tied and found abnormal cells. I have had a biopsy and leep done all within the last month and a half and am now going to have a hysterectomy on April 22, 2004. All I know about what has been found is that I have high dysplasia. I am having the surgery because I didnt want any more kids and this seemed like a good way to try to deal with all of this at once ( no more kids and no more dysplasia) but you are all so well informed that I am thinking to myself "I should be asking questions and could there be more to this then the Dr is telling me"? Now I am getting scared and dont really know what to do. I want to have the surgery so that this should go away but wondering if I am going to fast. the truth is I want this to all go away and I dont want to deal with it ( I really believe I am in denial). My boyfriend lost his mom years ago to cancer and I saw what it did to him and I would hate to put him through something like that and our daughter needs me so I really dont want to deal with all of this. Has anyone else been through this of felt like this?
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Unread 03-29-2004, 11:35 AM
I must be a fool

I'm sure the doctor would tell you if he/she suspected something more. Having the surgery is probably the best way to ensure your long-term health, and if you don't want anymore children and were going to tie your tubes anyway, then going through with a full hysterectomy should be OK. You'll have some side effects that can be managed with HRT, but discuss what's best for you with your doctor.

Don't feel foolish. No doctor can possibly know everything that's going on until they get in there and see what's up / do biopsies. Sounds like whatever is going on was caught early, which is a real blessing.

As for your boyfriend, it's really wonderful that you care so much about him. But this is really about YOU and YOUR LIFE and YOU BEING ALIVE.
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Unread 03-29-2004, 12:01 PM
I must be a fool

Having a hysterectomy for severe dysplasia is not standard treatment in most cases. But it looks like you already had the LEEP and it didn't get rid of the problem. If you have the hysterectomy, it will most likely get rid of your dysplasia (because it is getting rid of your cervix). But because most cervical dysplasia and almost all cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus, you still must be vigilent in getting pap smears after your surgery. HPV, especially the high risk strains that result in severe dysplasia, also result in a much increased risk of vaginal dysplasia. Because they aren't sure if you have the virus for life (my guess is that you do) you can never be lax about being checked every year for problems. So, what I'm saying is that having a hysterectomy does NOT mean you can stop seeing your gyn or gyn/onc because you think you will never have problems again.
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