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Unread 05-08-2005, 08:59 PM
In a Panic

Hello, Everyone!

This is the greatest website! I know I'm not doing this in the right order (I haven't even introduced myself yet), but I just found out last wednesday that I will be having surgery on Thursday, May 12. The doctor wanted to do it the very next day, but I desperately needed time to prepare emotionally.

I have a tumor/cyst on my right ovary that needs to come out right away. Since I am 45, have a strong family history of ovarian cancer, and none of my repro equipment has ever worked "properly" anyway, I will have it all removed. I will have an abdominal (caeserean-type incision) because there needs to be some exploration and biopsies as they operate--the doctor mentioned taking my lymph nodes as well.

I feel a huge amount of grief, depression, and anxiety/panic. I know I should be grateful that it was found early and that the knowledge and technology exists for me to have a good outcome, and I am to a point.

I just have had so precious little time to prepare myself for this that I am feeling terribly overwhelmed. Any advice or suggestions?

Thank you all in advance. After surgery, I will properly introduce myself.

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Unread 05-08-2005, 10:31 PM
In a Panic

Hi there

So sorry to hear that you need surgery, let alone in such a hurry.

I think you need to prioritise. Write a list of things that absolutely have to be done before Thursday. Focus on that list only. Forget everything else.

It's perfectly normal to feel all those emotions that you're feeling right now, but do try and take some moments to breathe deeply and take some 'time out' and do something just for you, even if it's just a cup of coffee and some 'hystersister' time.

Wishing you all the very very best!

Unread 05-09-2005, 09:36 PM
In a Panic

I'm so sorry you're facing surgery at this time. I'm so glad you found us!

I know it must feel like you're on a runaway train and can't get off -- and it must have been very frightening for you to have the doc want to do the surgery immediately. At least now you have a few days to collect your thoughts.

If you have a spare moment or two before surgery, you might want to check out the Checkpoints section of the website, which will give you some information about what to expect and how to prepare.

If it helps at all, I do remember that I made about a million lists before my surgery (or at least it felt like it) and I ended up doing about 5% of what was on the lists. And everything was OK. So even though you haven't had lots of time to think about this, whatever needs to get done will get done somehow.

Another of my favorite places at HysterSisters is the Hyst-Story forum found here in our Pre-op forum. There was something very comforting about being able to read several different hospital experiences, so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect.

As for the grief and depression -- at this point, there's not much you can do about them until after your surgery is over. Since it sounds like this is pretty serious, the only advice I can give you is to pray, meditate, or do whatever you need to do to try and be as relaxed as possible for your surgery. When you go to the hospital, let the nurses/doctors know how anxious you are, and perhaps they can give you an anti-anxiety medication before you go in the operating room. Then, after your surgery and the initial recovery period, you can start trying to work on the other issues. For now, it's your physical health that is the most important!

Remember, we are here for you every single step of the way through this.
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Unread 05-10-2005, 05:29 AM
In a Panic

Hi B2 and to Hystersisters. I'm glad you found us!

I had a month to prepare for my surgery. It seemed like the days just creeped along so either way, having a hysterectomy is an emotional rollercoaster. I didn't find this site until after my hyst so you are already a step ahead of me. I hope you find all the information and support you need. After all.... you have many new to help you along the way!


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