As I lay here in my bed recovering from surgery, I was so relieved that I’d finally taken care of my health. For years I’ve been dealing with annoying uterine fibroids. They came and they went but no big deal. I never had a reason to get surgery to have them removed because I wasn’t in any pain or discomfort.
Around 2014, I decided to get Essure implants which was the worst decision I ever made. At the 30-day follow up appointment, the ultrasound determined that one of the implants was no longer in the fallopian tube.😮 You gotta be freaking kidding me!! Of course I declined to have it re-inserted. Uh-Duh! My doctor suggested a partial hysterectomy since I wasn’t having anymore children.😒
Just to make a long story short, for the past 3 1/2 years I’ve suffered extremely heavy bleeding, painful cramping, fibroids growing and a week out of my life monthly where I could barely leave the house. But I’d lost trust in my gynecologist so I was hoping by some miracle to be able to avoid having a hysterectomy at all. As my quality of life continued to deteriorate, it became evident that a hysterectomy was inevitable. But a new doctor would have to do it and other health issues had to be addressed first.
So finally, in October I was medically cleared to have my Complete Robotic Hysterectomy and went under the knife.😌 Well, under the “robot” since a robot operated by my doctor performed my surgery. Recovering has been a journey to say the least but I was committed to letting my body guide the process and take it easy as needed! I don’t know about other mothers but that was hard to do for me but my husband is the true MVP. I’m not driving yet but I’m walking pretty good now. Just in time for the holiday season–yes!!
For any woman going through an experience like this, don’t wait 3 years to take care of your health–its too important. It is the ultimate act of self-care! As black women, we tend to ignore fibroids and other women issues but we must stop delaying our right to have a better quality of life. We’ll always be too busy🤷!
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