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How much detail did you give co-workers? How much detail did you give co-workers?

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Unread 04-17-2012, 05:19 PM
Re: How much detail did you give co-workers?

I told my boss and the women in my immediate work group what's going on. My boss's mother had a similar procedure years ago under very similar circumstances, and one of my co-workers had a hysterectomy. I told some people I'm on committees with, and was amazed how many women had this years ago. Very encouraging. I made the mistake of saying something vague about medical stuff after another board meeting and some of the guys started joking about facelifts and botox. I was amused rather than upset. I did tell my boss and a couple others at work that there is a very small chance I have ovarian cancer just so it won't be a total shock if it turns out to be true. Again, my boss's mother was suspected to have OvCa and did not and is really healthy.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 05:25 PM
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I have told very few people that I had prolapse repair along side my hysterectomy. I would rather not discuss what a cystocele and rectocele repair entail. People that I chose to give an answer to if they asked why I was having a hysterectomy I just told them that my uterus was trying to leave on it's own....

My standard explanation/answer to those more distant is that I was going in for female warranty work. After that there were no further questions.

I felt better with that rather than the alternative having people make stuff up. I lost a fair amount of weight a couple years ago and I didn't want the nosy nellies assuming I was having a tummy tuck

Sometimes it's better to not let people assume.. IMHO
Unread 04-17-2012, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by sunnydays40 View Post
I found openness to be the easiest route. People were more sympathetic and understood. To be honest knowing it was a hysterectomy shut them up real quick like. I tried being vague, and it was really more of an issue than being up front for me. They were full of speculation and continued asking questions even when I said "female stuff." Shut them down instantly when I finally just said hysterectomy, especially my male co workers LOL.

I told my male co-workers I'd be out because of girl stuff.
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Unread 04-17-2012, 07:58 PM
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I was open and honest and that seemed to be the trick to stop the mouthes. I didn't think it was anything to be ashamed of and I was quite proud of myself for having made the decision. Once folks knew it was more comments about missing me than anything. I work in IT in QA, I test software and work with a bunch of developers so you know our field is male dominant. Good luck on your upcoming surgery. It was the best decision I've made!!!
Unread 04-17-2012, 09:22 PM
Re: How much detail did you give co-workers?

Everyone around me knew what I was having done. My hubby had to take two weeks off work, so even his bosses knew what I was having done. I dont see whats a big deal is about..

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