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Unread 10-18-2005, 08:34 PM
If you're happy and you know it post in here

There are so many of our sisters who are newly post-op having difficulty adjusting, (Just like most of us did) I thought it would be nice to let them know that life does get better.

My Story:
After about a year of super heavy bleeding and unbelievable pain, no energy and just plain feeling sick everyday I had my TAH/BSO through a bikini incision on July 8th. I stayed in hospital for 2 days. On the day of my discharge my incision broke open and I ended up in the ER Dept over night. Needless to say the wound (seroma) could not be repaired so I had to have a visiting nurse for over a month and a half packing the wound twice daily. There was a lot of pain involved.

Now for the good stuff!:
After all that and I think I'm one of the lucky ones around here, I feel fabulous and better than I have in years. I had no idea just how sick I was until I had my surgery. My life is now so full. I have endless energy and am on the go constantly. I had not worked for over a year because of my illness. I have decided not to go back to work and to starting my own small business which keeps me busy, busy, busy but I'm loving it. It is true, out of the ashes can phoenix will rise. I feel brand new and this website is a big part of that. You ladies are the best!!

Life gets better my new post-op sisters! Hang in there and keep your head up.

Sister love,
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Unread 10-18-2005, 08:44 PM
If you're happy and you know it post in here

I've also had a great post-surgery experience. My recovery was quick, I felt better then I had in years immediately. 18 months later my energy is high, I've lost weight, I'm far more active and interested in life. I'm so glad I had a hysterectomy because I didn't even know how awful my existance was, I'd been feeling bad for so long.
Good luck!
Unread 10-18-2005, 09:50 PM
If you're happy and you know it post in here

I fully agree that women in recovery need to hear the good side of this!

I am 5 months post op now and feel wonderful! As Fritzi said, I didn't realize how sick I was until recently. I am working 12 hour days 6 days a week now (loving the extra money) Keeping my house cleaner than I have in years, and all I do is go go go! Besides that my stomach issues have just about become a fading dream. I don't have trouble digesting food as before, have a very normal digestive track, and am loosing weight.

I even am spending tons more time with the grandkids playing, reading, walking, you name it we do it!
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Unread 10-18-2005, 10:48 PM
If you're happy and you know it post in here

I'm closing in on my one year anniversary and I can't remember a time when I've felt better. The first 8 weeks were difficult. I had major swelly belly, constipation and pain. But after that, I just kept feeling better every week.

I am so happy I had the surgery.
Unread 10-19-2005, 07:15 AM
If you're happy and you know it post in here

I am right at 12 weeks out, and I must say I am happy with my results.

After 11 years of a roller coaster ride with heavy horrible periods.......life could only get better! After years of trying alternatives to surgery (was never offered by the way), I had fibroids come up in December 2004( actually, they may have been in there sooner, but I wasn't aware of them until then). I had been tired all the time for about a year, and had reached a point where I was confined to home for about 2 weeks each month. I couldn't work, I cramped, passed fist size clots, and sex was a seldom thing. It was just too uncomfortable and I spent 3 weeks a month either getting ready to start, bleeding or finishing it up.

I finally broke down and went to see the OB/Gyn in April after a 15 day period. She said she suspected a large fibroid that was growing rapidly, the size of a 3 month pregnacy. I was referred to a specialist GYN and she said, (June) that my uterus was the size of a 5 month pregnancy, she also suspected fast growing fibroids and that I "needed" a hysterectomy. She ordered tests and so my journey into the land of "Hyster" began.

Like many here, I was scared to death. And even though I knew my final option was probably going to be hysterectomy. I started looking for the cause and alternative treatments for fibroids. And I found this wonderful site. I questioned my doctor and an Associate Professor URO/GYN was brought in on my case. I questioned her too. Every option and alternitive was met with a Yes, you can try that....but....., and so I finally decided that hysterectomy was the best option for me. I chose to try and conserve what I could. The cervix had to go, it had been invaded. My ovaries were an iffy, and I was happily surprised the morning after surgery when one of my doctors reported that they had been able to save my left ovary. NO HRT! I was definately relieved. HRT was a real issue for me, it scared me to death. And I had expected to be put on it immediately. My doctor was so cute, he said, I had 3 "HUGE" fibroids. All pathology came back benign.

I also had a Burch Procedure on my bladder. That is a surgical procedure to tie the bladder back up. It is for incontenence. Tests had showed I had true stress incontinence and I decided to go on and have the surgery with the hysterectomy to avoid another abdominal surgery in the future. I did have a complication with my supra-pubic catheter and wasn't doing very well peeing on my own. At the time this seemed like a major complication. But looking back and also seeing some of the things that some of the other sister's have gone through, I realize it was minor.

My remaining ovary has woke up and is functioning. I still have weird stabs, jabs and pains sometimes. And definately and the "ledge" thing going on. Sex is better than it has been in a long time. I realize now, I was having pain, not just discomfort. My energy is returning (I still have tired days and need to nap) and I can go to town without taking a change of clothes, just in case.

I am happy and I do know it.

Blessings to all, Have a Wonderful Day,
Unread 10-19-2005, 11:58 PM
I haven't felt this good in a long time...

I just wanted to say I am almost 2 months post-op and I am so glad that I did this. A lot has changed in my life good/bad thru all of this. I was engaged when I went in, and 3 weeks after, I wasn't. The true test was when I was down, and he failed. It sort of put a damper on my recovery But, I managed to get thru it. I had wonderful support from everyone but him. I also realized how much more my life means going thru this. I still have numbness under my belly button, but I did manage to lose 10 lbs. so far. I am sure that alot of that was from emotional stress. I hope
that everyone feels as good as I do now. Good luck to all of you!!!

Queen Bee
Unread 10-20-2005, 06:01 AM
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I am a bit over the 4 month mark and very happy with my choice.

I am still tired, but I am pain free! The lack of energy seems to improve slowly over time, so I am trying to be patient and forgiving with myself when I don't get all the things on the LIST accomplished!

Overall, I have been very lucky in my recovery, relatively few and minor complications afterwards.

I would do it again in a heart beat!

Unread 10-20-2005, 10:26 AM
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Had my hyst 16 months ago and feel better than I have in years. My energy level has increased, no more painful periods and am able to be more spontaneous with my life. I was at my doctor's the other day for my semi-annual check(I'm on ERT) and told him this was one of the best decision's ever. Truth be told, my only regret was not doing it sooner. I suffered too many years needlessly. Knowing what I know now, I would have done it five years ago.
Unread 10-20-2005, 10:30 AM
If you're happy and you know it post in here

hia queen bee glad your feeling good i am post op 6weeks and im beginning to feel great glad your getting your live back on track sms england
Unread 10-20-2005, 10:56 AM
If you're happy and you know it post in here

Hello Ladies!

I had my 4 week post op appt yesterday. My Dr. was blown away by how fast I recovered and that I had been totally pain free from my hysterectomy 2 1/2 weeks after surgery. I too suffered heavy, painful periods, and overall felt so lousy.

I am extremely happy I did this surgery and can't believe the difference in how I feel. I have more energy, more confidence, and I even went down a pant size! I had great success so far. I wish all hysterectomy princesses the same success..

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