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Unread 10-28-2005, 09:22 AM
Feeling bad for losing ovaries

I had a laparasopy on a Friday and because the doctor so strongly suspected ovarian cancer a TAH/BSO was scheduled the following Wednesday. I barely had time to absorb it all. Now that it is all over and thank goodness everything was benign. I have been reading books by the "experts" on hysterectomy and most of them make me feel like some sort of moron for allowing my ovaries to be removed. One even referred to it as female snorflation and that is really bothering me. I feel as if I made the only decision I could at the time. Has anyone else experienced this?
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Unread 10-28-2005, 09:27 AM
Feeling bad for losing ovaries

I am sorry this all happened to you . I didn't experience what you did, but I just wanted to say...If those books are making you feel badly about yourself. please stop reading them.
I think some authors of those books are a little to extreme with their wording. You did what anyone of us would do.
Take your time to heal physically and mentally.
Unread 10-28-2005, 09:55 AM
Feeling bad for losing ovaries

Both of my ovaries were removed and I am so thankful! There were fears of cancer for me as well. I don't feel bad because I made the best decision for me based on the best information I had. Plus, after reading all the stories of women who have later had to go back and have ovaries removed due to cysts or cancer scares, I am even more secure in my decision. I take lots of medical research and books with a grain of salt. Good information, but they do not have all the answers. They do not know me or my personal issues. In my position, the writer may make the same choice I made - likely though, they have not been in my position. The books are generalizations - what works for a generalized group of people with general issues. While leaving ovaries in may work for some, not all of us have that option. And it is nothing to be ashamed of.

You made the best decision for you based on the information you were given about yourself. There is nothing wrong about that.
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Unread 10-28-2005, 10:04 AM
Feeling bad for losing ovaries

I am one of those who will be going back into surgery on November 14, to have my ovaries removed due to complex cysts, and I have also second guessed my first decision in keeping them. I realized I was over thinking it and made the best decision that I could at the time with the info I had. I believe that you did the same thing, I don't think we ever take lightly these kind of decisions. Try to move on and make the most of your life as it is now, that is what I am doing, I am trying to stay positive and will take each day as it comes. I wish you the best, this is a great site for support and s, Carol
Unread 10-28-2005, 10:12 AM
Feeling bad for losing ovaries

I had a BSO (and TAH) because my doc suspected cancer due to an elevated CA 125 and a ovarian cyst that was being monitored for over 5 years. My surgery was scheduled with an gyno/oncologist specialist to take over the surgery in the event that a malignancy was found. Good news is that it was benign, but I had a severe case of endometriosis. None of my 9 ultrasounds or MRI diagnosed the endometriosis so it was a surprise and relief to me to finally know the cause of my pain. Immediately after the surgery, despite the extreme pain, I was smiling from ear to ear upon hearing the good news!

Prior to surgery, I also contemplated the decision to remove the ovaries and the feeling I would have if it was found out to not be necessary. My DS told me that the gamble of leaving them in and finding out they were malignant would be far worse. After the surgery, my worries about any recurrances or the chance of malignancies developing would be minimized.

DRB2205, focus on the present and don't regret your decision. You made the best choice for YOU. The only SURE way you could know that you didn't have cancer was to do what you did. I am so happy that it turned out to be benign.

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