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TAH - Large fibroids (like a football!)

July 2005 I was told I had a large fibroid measuring approx. 9 cm in diameter. I knew there was something wrong because the bleeding was so much heavier...

To be told I had a large fibroid and needed a hysterectomy completely freaked me out. All I could think of was my mother who had one some 32 years ago... and how excruciating the experience had been for her.

We were also due to move house. We were looking to go back to Canada instead of simply moving house. My husband at the time wasn't supportive enough to my taste. And it was just us over here, DH, the children and I. I postponed the op. Looking back I should have gone forward with the procedure. Live and learn!

I discovered HysterSisters last July. I was simply amazed! What a brilliant site!!!

Now let's fast forward a few months. Bleeding and pain increased. With every passing day I got worse. I started to get very tired. My energy and stamina were gone. I went back to HysterSisters and read, read, and read some more. Then it hit me. So many women have a hysterectomy. Ok, it's no picnic. It's major surgery. But after that you get better. And right under my eyes I had the best support system ever! Many of the posts answered all my questions. And I finally realized I wasn't alone

We are fortunate enough to have a very good insurance so I chose to go private for the procedure. Saw the specialist on the 19th of May, had my pre op assessment on the 25th and on the 30th I was under the knife. That quick! And the after care was simply an extraordinary experience. Spent 2 days in HDU (High Dependency Unit) because I lost some blood (had transfusions). Because I didn't mobilize quickly enough got a chest infection. Ah well! It's one of those things I guess. Overall I spent 6 days in hospital. Doctors, nurses, and the hospital staff were simply wonderful. I had my own personal fleet of angels! I am also a Type 2 diabetic and healing can be a bit tricky. In hospital I had the best ever diabetic care I could hope for.

It's my 9th day now. Still early days! Discomfort isn't that bad. I hardly cough now. I do my breathing exercises, my Pilates exercises. I take good care of myself, eat healthy (got to keep those blood sugar levels low!), and I take my little daily walks. In other words I don't over do it, I follow my doctor's advice. Ok, I tire easily but it is to be expected. I have many good books to read. Post op appointment is July 11th and I am looking forward to it so much! Little train goes a long way after all...

You see I have to be in top shape by August. We ARE moving back to Canada after all!!!!!

Thank you for taking the time to read my little story.
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