Hysterectomy knowledge really is powerful. Two years ago I was diagnosed as having endometriosis, and enlarged uterus and damaged ovary that were causing symptoms of severe pain, depression and mood swings. As I have subsequently discovered, these problems were also causing bladder and bowel problems, breathing difficulties and fatigue. After a course of Zoladex to ‘put my ovaries to sleep’ and simulate the menopause there was an amazing reduction in my symptoms and it seemed the obvious course of action to undergo a hysterectomy and remove my ovaries.
I would have gone ahead with the procedure there and then if it wasn’t for a flippant and somewhat thoughtless comment from my consultant along the lines of “don’t worry, we will make you a better person …… for your husband” when I decided to step off the rollercoaster and establish just what I was about to do.
I have to admit that I wasn’t totally prepared for such a wide amount of ‘advice’ and was horrified by some of the stories I read but forced myself to remain open minded and focussed. This became increasingly difficult as my symptoms worsened but I tried very hard to read between the lines and weigh up the good against the bad eventually deciding that I did need some form of treatment.
I requested an appointment with another consultant and arrived empowered and was armed with my new found knowledge, research and confidence …… I was in control. My new consultant was amazing and allowed me to spend as much time as I needed to totally appreciate just what a huge decision this was to make.
7 weeks ago I underwent a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy with Bilateral Salpingo-Oopherectomy and although I was of course apprehensive, I knew what to expect and was prepared for everything (being forewarned has proven to be a great form of defence as I’m not a great fan of surprises). Rather than recount my, surprisingly textbook, recovery I would really rather emphasise is the importance of realising that YOU are in control.
Even when choice is not an option …… knowledge is power !!!!
I cried today and for the first time in 10 years they were happy tears and not tears of pain, depression and frustration. Making this massive and informed step forward into a positive experience has changed my life in far more ways than I could have imagined.
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