My Hysterectomy – A poem by Amy Smith

Perhaps you can relate!

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Thanks for the good times,
I won’t miss the bad.
Because of you I’ve been blessed
With the two boys I’ve had.

Yet despite all of that,
you’ve made my life hell,
You’ve caused me to cry
and my belly to swell.

“Oh you are glowing, when are you due?”
“Screw you, I’m not pregnant,
Although I can’t see my shoes!!”

My backs out again,
I’m puking today,
It’s time for you to go,
There’s nothing left to say.

Thanks for the memories,
But I think it’s now time
To say farewell to you,
Evil friend of mine.

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By Her Side

You Know What They Say About Worrying? Don't.

June 2009: The most life changing month of my life.  Actually, I’m quite sure that summer 2009, in all of its entirety was.  19 years old, fresh out of my sophomore year of college.  Excited, overjoyed. I was coming home to see my best friends, spend my days working at a summer camp which I absolutely loved, and, most importantly, I was spending the summer with my Mom.  Needless to say, summer 2009 didn’t exactly turn out the way I had planned.

Lightning strikes twice.  Yes.  I am 100 positive of this.  After surviving stage IV colon cancer, doctors found cancerous cells in my mothers’ cervix.  10 years since 1998.  10 years since colon cancer.  My mother was a fighter back then, so many years ago.  Come 2009, she was entering battle number 2.

The difference between witnessing my mother suffer from Colon Cancer and the hysterectomy was vast.  I…

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Rollercoaster

The Hysterectomy Diaries

How did I get to here?

It still feels like a bit of a rollercoaster. After having some irregular bleeding for a couple of months, I went to see my doctor last July. I was half expecting her to say she had found some polyps or something similar. But after examining me, said that my womb felt very hard. She wanted me to have blood tests and made a referral to the gynaecologist.

The blood test results came back within a couple of days and showed that my CA127 levels were high. Despite the doctors comments that this could indicate fibroids or cysts, my fears were raised with the knowledge that it could be cancer. I kept telling myself that there’s no history of cancer in my family and that it would be fine, but the secret dread was still there.

My appointment to see the gynaecologist came quickly and…

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Starting point

It does seem like more and more people are choosing to blog about their experiences with hysterectomy surgery – which I think is definitely a good thing.

The Hysterectomy Diaries

I never thought of myself as a person who would start a blog. I guess there was never anything I wanted to share on one.

But now I’m on a countdown to my hysterectomy operation (11 days to go) and I’ve been reading various websites,forums and blogs and thought, well why not?

This may end up being the ramblings of a woman on the verge of having her bits removed. But it might also be helpful to share thoughts and experiences, both for other women going through the same procedure and for me, just to get those thoughts out there!

So here goes!

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Fighting Fibroids…

Oh, good old fibroids – the cause of all my problems for a little over 2 years. Yet, I find it very hard to get information about these little guys. This series looks like it should be really helpful in that regard so read on to learn all about fibroids!

In Transition... Life & Lessons...

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*blows whistle*…come on… grab your golden gloves… put them on & stand strong… we are in training today to fight these fibroids together! If you don’t have your own pair, you can have mine … see them hanging there?!!! 🙂  I no longer need mine. Remember, in order to fight fibroids you must first understand your opponent. In this fight, knowledge, faith and will-power must be used in the ring with the golden gloves, so read on.

Now, the last session (post) focused on who the opponent was (types), where the opponent comes from (causes) and the trouble the opponent can cause (problems & symptoms). Today’s post would equip you with knowledge on diagnosing the opponent, the treatmentoptions & your vulnerabilityto the opponent; so you’ve got to stay alert during today’s training session! *blows whistle*

DIAGNOSIS

Fibroids can be detected using an ultrasound, where sound waves create a two-dimensional picture, while the inside of…

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