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Unread 12-23-2001, 09:05 AM
I need a reminder

Hi Everyone,

I am 4 days away from going to the castle and am getting extremely anxious and having 2nd thoughts. My problem is that I don't really have any big discomforts. I don't have heavy bleeding, I don't have pain (just a dull ache once in a while), I don't have bladder pressure or bowel problems yet. I just have this 4-5 month size belly. My doctor says my fibroids are growing aggressively and it's better to have the uterus removed now rather than later. He also said that I don't have to do anything if I don't want to but it would be an improvement in my quality of life. I keep trying to remind myself of the reasons why I should undergo such an operation but I am having a difficult time convincing myself that it's the right thing to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 12-23-2001, 09:37 AM
I need a reminder

Hi Luisa,
Hmmm sounds like you are a little unsure about this right now.
I wanted to mention to you that we have a wonderful forum called the Options and Alternatives Forum here.

Perhaps if you were to read through some of the posts there, and post any questions you may have, it will help to to decide what is the best for you at this time.

However if this surgery will have to be done eventually at some point, perhaps your doctor feels now is the time and that it would indeed give you a better quality of life. But of course its your decision.

All the best to you in whatever you decide!!
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Unread 12-23-2001, 09:48 AM
I need a reminder

Hi Luisa!

Well, you might not see this as 'help', but I feel like if you are having second thoughts, you should take notice. You still have time to rethink this. You may decide that you could use a second opinion; that's well within your right! And so would a third, fourth, and fifth opinion be, if it makes you more comfortable. Our purpose here certainly is not to encourage anyone to have a hysterectomy. We are neither pro-hyst nor anti-hyst. This is major surgery, and it is irreversible - and all of us have varying reasons for having a hysterectomy.

If it is any help, you may consider getting out a sheet of paper, divide it into 2 columns: PROs, and CONs. Write down aspects of your condition, your circumstances, your personal thoughts and feelings, that fall under each category/column.

It is not too late, even though your surgery has been scheduled. This is way too important for you to go through with just because it's on the calendar, sweetie. My first instinct would be to put on the brakes and think this through until you are comfortable with your decision.

I think if you take some time, weigh out the pros and cons and go with your best instincts, you will come up with the decision that is right for you.

My best to you; it's not an easy decision, but it is a personal one.

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Unread 12-24-2001, 07:34 AM
I need a reminder

I wanted to tell you of my experience.
I didnt think I was having problems prior to my surgery. Yes my periods were changing. Heavy bleeding the first 2 days. I just stayed home. The day my dr said the uterus had to come out was an eye opener. I ahd actually told his nurse that I hoped he just said I needed a hyst. Well he did and I was shocked! Not excited at all!
I did not know of this site and so I just went into the surgery blind sort of. I knew that I didn't mind if I ever bled again.
After I recovered, it dawned on me how the fibroid had affected my life. I could not do many of the things I loved to do at the level that I had done in the past. Well much to my surprise I was capable of living the way I had before the fibroid.
I suggest that you really research, get second opinions and do some soul searching before you opt either way. As Toonces says
I feel like if you are having second thoughts, you should take notice
My very best to you in your decision!

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