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Unread 11-25-2002, 09:50 AM
Back to work-second week back

Hello sisters! I haven't been able to spend as much time as I'd like on the boards lately. I have really missed everyone! Well, this is the first day of my 2nd week back to work. I jumped in with both feet-right back to full time. Every night last week, it seemed like there was SOMETHING to be done that kept me on the go until atleast 10PM, after working all day. I felt great....and then last night, I thought I would die. I am hurting and don't know what it is that is hurting, I just know it's not feeling very good. BUT, I am very happy to be back to work, and my routine. I find myself feeling a bit sad, I saw on the news the other night that they have come up w/a vaccine for Cervical Cancer. It made me wonder why-why not before? Why not when it could have helped me and I wouldn't have had to have my hyst? But, I know that everything happens for a reason. I am thankful, as always, to have you Sisters as my support group. I love you all very much and hope you are all doing well. As you start going back to work and getting back into your old routines, please remember to keep taking good care of yourselves!!!
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Unread 11-25-2002, 10:26 AM
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Hi Christy :hiya:

I'm sorry you're hurting! I'm wondering if you may be overdoing a bit when you get home from work? I remember being REALLY tired the first couple weeks back to work.

While the vaccine you mentioned does sound promising, Merck doesn't plan to release it until 2007, so there's still quite a bit of research to be done.

Here's the story if you're interested, though
Cervical Cancer Vaccine

It's perfectly normal to be upset or sad and wonder "why me" when things like cancer happen to us. But as you said, things do happen for a reason. Now follow your own advice and take good care of yourself, okay?

Unread 11-25-2002, 10:41 AM
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Thanks, Lynda. I am trying to take care of ME, too. It just seems that everyone thinks that since my 6 wk check up, I can suddenly do EVERYTHING that I USED to do pre op, already, all in the blink of an eye...more like in the passing of a dr's appointment. It is a bit frustrating...but I'm trying to remember to take care of myself no matter what.
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Unread 11-25-2002, 12:03 PM
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I know what you mean, (((Christy))), I am nine months post op and STILL can't do everything exactly the same as before my surgery, even though I feel great most of the time. I have lifetime lifting restrictions and sometimes it's hard for ME to remember them, let alone expect others to.

Part of the problem is that we women have been raised and conditioned to be the caregivers, the ones who never think of ourselves and are always looking out for everyone else. We aren't accustomed to saying "hey, wait, what about me? I could use some help here". This surgery has taught me to do that when I have to. Otherwise people are going to continue to assume I am 100% healed and have no limitations, and I will end up trying to live up to their expectations and hurting myself, and have no one but myself to blame.

I think one of the great things about this surgery is that it helps many of us to rethink who and what we are as women, and take charge of our lives in a way we may not have had the confidence to before this life altering experience. I used to think of menopause as a time when women sort of "shriveled up" and got "old". Now I see that it's really a time when we come into ourselves, and I am loving it! And I just hope I'm not the only one.

Unread 11-25-2002, 02:13 PM
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Last week was my first full week back. By Friday night I was really tired. We did our grocery shopping for Thanksgiving after work. I told me husband he had to pull the buggy and I just leaned on the other side to keep going. My back wants to ache when I carry my purse for any length of time shopping. Maybe its time to clean it out. My doctor told me I probably wouldn't be "normal" for a year, so I really try to just stop when I get to feeling weird.

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