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My story (childbirth and children mentioned) My story (childbirth and children mentioned)

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Unread 01-19-2012, 11:43 AM
My story (childbirth and children mentioned)

What a whirlwind 48 hours for me!

I am 34. I delivered my 3rd baby in July of 2011. I had a very uneventful recovery with the c-section. For the past month, I have had abdominal pain (mild to moderate) and my tummy looks as if I am 6-7 months pregnant. I go to the doctor on Tuesday fully expecting to hear that my discomfort is from scar tissue. Instead, he tells me there's "something in there" and immediately pulls out the fetal doppler. I knew it wasn't that as I have had regular, heavy periods from about 2 months postpartum (in spite of breastfeeding). They send me to ultrasound and discover a large pelvic/ovarian mass. It seems to be an estimated 6 lb tumor stemming from my ovary that has taken up the entire pelvis. He immediately scheduled me for a STAT abdominal CT and made an appt. with the GYN/Oncologist first thing the next morning.

The GYN oncologist gave me the good and the bad. The good: it's large, but smooth. I have no "fat pad" and no fluid in my chest (all good signs that this could be benign). However, he was concerned that it is solid. Of course, we won't know if it's malignant until the biopsies come back.

I am scheduled for a total abdominal hysterectomy with the hopes of leaving my right ovary intact as long as the quick biopsy comes back negative. I had to give consent to a bowel resection/possible colostomy "in the worst case", should it be malignant and have spread.

I did VERY well with my c-sections, but I am petrified about this surgery. There's just something about losing your female reproductive organs that is sad. On top of that, and most importantly, I have a 6, 4, and 6 month old to love on and take care of. I have amazing family support (my folks live right beside me and my brother and his family live across the street). I just hate that I will be out of commission with my kids for so long. My worst fear is that this is malignant and I could be very sick. My CA125 was normal, so that's reassuring.

I'd love to chat with you ladies. Any words of wisdom/encouragement would be greatly appreciated. For women who have had both a c-section and a total abdominal hysterectomy, is the hysterectomy much worse? Thanks!
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Unread 01-20-2012, 05:15 PM
Re: My story (childbirth and children mentioned)

I haven't experienced a c-section, so I can't compare it to a hysterectomy, but I did have my surgery abdominally, and I can only tell you that my recovery went very well. I was really scared about how I would cope with the pain, but the pain management was really good.

If you heal like I did (I sure hope you do!), then there will be lots of things that you will be able to do with your kids once you get home from the hospital. It's good that you have such strong support - you will be very grateful for that. You won't be able to lift the children (or baby), but you can certainly hold them, read to them, and share lots of special quiet times. I was able to do just about everything I wanted, I just needed to make sure I didn't break the post-op "rules" on lifting, and I needed lots of rest for the first few weeks.

Praying that all goes well for you!

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