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I have a "coronation" date!! :) I have a "coronation" date!! :)

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Unread 02-20-2002, 01:54 PM
I have a "coronation" date!! :)

I finally decided to have the LAVH (keeping both ovaries but not cervix) and have scheduled it for 3/13/02. I'm an official lady-in-waiting!

I'm nervous and thrilled. I haven't felt this exuberant in months! This feels so right -- I just hope it keeps feeling right till after the surgery.

This board has been invaluable in helping me gather information, which helped a lot in making this tortuously difficult decision. So thanks. And wish me luck and patience when the inevitable doubt and panic sets in....

Anybody know anything about Swedish Hospital in Seattle?
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Unread 02-20-2002, 05:03 PM
I have a "coronation" date!! :)

Congratulations on getting your date! That's a big milestone for all of us and I know how anxious I was until I knew my surgery date.
We'll be here with you, every step of the way including when the doubts set in. You sound so good today ... but as the date gets closer most of us do start second-guessing.
Can't help with you information about the hospital ... you might check out the Forum listed on the main message board page for sisters around the world ... check out U.S. and then Washington state. Maybe someone there will know something.

Best of luck!

Unread 02-20-2002, 05:44 PM
I have a "coronation" date!! :)

Congratulations Lissalee Your date will be here before you know it...and we'll be right here with you.
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Unread 02-20-2002, 07:09 PM
I have a "coronation" date!! :)

I too have a "coronation" date.My date is 3/12.But I told my Dr. that I wanted my ovaries removed along with my uterus and cervix. Now, I have second thoughts about the ovaries.Any suggestions would help. I have no ovarian cancer history in my family.Just thought it was a good idea. Help
Unread 02-21-2002, 09:23 AM
I have a "coronation" date!! :)

If your ovaries are healthy and you have no family history of ovarian cancer, why remove them? This is a very individual decision, of course, and some ladies have their ovaries removed for medical reasons. You age should be a big factor you consider (particularly if under 45). I'm 46 and had my ovaries removed because I had stage 4 endo ... estrogen is believed to stimulate endo growth ... so my docs recommended I have them removed. I did a lot of reading on this subject and came to the same conclusion. So, the reason(s) for having your hyst are a factor in this decision too. Keep reading, asking questions, be as informed as possible. It's your body, your decision. Best of luck to you!

Unread 02-21-2002, 10:45 AM
I have a "coronation" date!! :)

I would keep the ovaries!! I haven't had my hysterectomy as of yet (03/07), but I have been told that the estrogen is a cancer causing agent. If in doubt I would keep them and you could always have them removed down the road if you develop problems! That is my advice. I'm keeping my ovaries.

Good luck in your decision!

Unread 02-21-2002, 01:39 PM

Babs, I can only tell you my reason for wanting to keep mine -- I don't want to go into a surgical menopause. I'd rather keep my natural hormone-producers than go on artificial hormones. I guess I see my ovaries as more important to my health than my uterus, partly because of bad menstrual cramps and partly because I don't want kids.

I also want to keep everything unless there's a reason not to.

It's a hard (and very individual) decision -- good luck!

Hey -- I'm thinking that to reduce my Fear Factor, I may try to visit the hospital where I'm having the surgery before The Date -- anyone else ever do that? If so, did it help or just increase the panic?

Unread 02-21-2002, 04:33 PM
I have a "coronation" date!! :)

Hi Lissa Lee,

A couple of things...

First, with regard to ovaries, the plan is for me to keep mine unless the doctor finds a reason not to during surgery. I'm in complete agreement with you about the reasons for keeping them.

As for your question about visiting the hospital prior to surgery, my DH and I did that on Monday. We had planned on a trial run to find where it's located, since it's some distance from our home and in an area we're not familiar with. Since I had received a letter from them inviting me to come for a tour, we went inside to have a look around. Our tour guide showed us a vacant hospital room and we were very impressed by what we saw. It definitely helped to give me a better feeling about things!

Come to think of it, I think even if I hadn't been impressed, I still would have felt better just because one of the many elements of trying to picture things in my mind was removed! The unknown and my imagination can certainly create havoc at times!

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