I’m so proud to have a platform where I can share my experiences and things that go on. I’ve been dealing with a lot of medical issues and have struggled with writing about them. Now that I’ve made some decisions and have a clear plan I decided that sharing my story may help someone.
It truly started over a year ago, but I can go back even further for some things. The most important part of this story is that I was not going to my yearly check ups with my GYN like I should. I’m 34, married, and am not planning on any more children so I thought I could slack, but that’s not the case. As women, we should still go in for our yearly check up. I hadn’t been in close to 4 years.
I’ve always had irregular and heavy periods. I’d just learned to deal with them, but early last year it was getting to the point where if I was traveling while on my period I was exhausted. I attributed this to me being overweight so I got serious with my diet and exercise and lost a total of 43 pounds. (I’ve gained 10 of that back, but still consider myself healthier) However, I still felt weak during that time of the month even after losing the weight. I also started noticing bruises everywhere. I could be playing around with the kids and have bruises. I could get my blood pressure checked and have bruises. You get the picture.
Then in February or March of this year, I was out grocery shopping at night and all of the sudden I was extremely dizzy and for the first time in my life I fainted. I woke up on the floor of Kroger surrounded my bood. Glasses bent. I stood up and found help and proceeded to call Brian to take me to the hospital. I was dehydrated and my iron was extremely low so they told me to follow up with my regular Doctor. It was one of the most scariest things to ever happen to me so I knew I had to start taking things serious. I did and that’s when all the testing began. He drew what felt like gallons of blood. I was still going about my business. Working, traveling, moving, being with my family, and such. When he got the results he left quite a few messages for me to get my butt to the clinic. One thing I can say about my primary care Dr. is that he tells it like it is and is always honest. Again, I didn’t rush to the Dr. In some ways, I was scared of what he would tell me. In other I just thought well it’s just my iron. It can wait.
When I finally went in he relayed that it was a serious anemia issue. Red blood cells are supposed to be big and fluffy. Mine were more like shriveled up rasins. My hemogoblin was so low that if it dropped another 3 points they would put me in the hospital. He also asked me LOTS of questions. Normal everyday questions, then he hit me with, “Do you plan on having anymore kids?” I said no and didn’t think anymore of it. So I took even more tests and still tried to live my life. In fact, April was one of my busiest months of the year with 4 back to back work related trips. That’s when I hit rock bottom. I was tired every single day. My periods weren’t just irregular they were an almost everyday occurrence. In 5 weeks I had 3 periods. I was on them longer than I was off.
My regular Dr. didn’t sugarcoat it. I was losing too much blood. We had checked everything out and I wasn’t losing it another way. So I went to a specialist GYN. She took the time to go over my case and went through lots of options with me. She wanted to go through each step and by process of elimination see what was best for my health and what was best for me personally. Again, SO many tests. It was at this point I took a step back from traveling and work to focus on my health. My closest friends and family knew, but I kinda went off the radar. The test revealed a growth at the top of my uterus and cysts on my ovaries. My GYN Dr. wanted to perfomr what’s called a D&C to go in with a camera and see what all was going on and try to remove everything.
So 2 weeks ago Friday I had a D&C with a myosure. It was an outpatient surgery procedure and everything went great. She was able to look and see and actually found 2 growths and was able to remove them and check my lining which is extra thick. She received the results from the pathology last Friday and thankfully everything was benign. However I’m still severly anemic. So she gave us 2 options. Option 1: A procedure called an Ablation where they go in and sear your uterus and she would also take my fallopian tubes out. This option could fail in 5-10 years and some women devolop pain after due to the scarring. Option 2: A complete hysterectomy, but she would leave in my ovaries so I wouldn’t have to go through menopause early. This option is more permanent.
Last Friday I was truly at a loss. I want to solve this as quickly as I can. I NEED my life back. With so many pros and cons to both procedure I’ve been asking around to see and hear both sides. At the end of the day, I think I’ve made my decision to just go ahead and have the full hysterectomy. I don’t want to wait 5-10 years and have yet another surgery. What frustrates me the most about this situation is I could have caught this earlier. As a mom and wife sometimes we put ourselves last. I know I do. I always make sure my mental health is good, but I slack on the physical health. Which makes why having your yearly checkup is SO important. If women out there can gain anything from my story it’s that you need your yearly check up! I’ll talk to my Dr. again this Friday and hopefully, we can schedule the next surgery for the first of July. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for taking time out of your day to hear my story.