When I found out that I had fibroids, I was a bit surprised but also a bit relieved at the same time to finally know what was going on inside.
I had symptoms for about a year and then progressively had more noticeable symptoms such as the heavier bleeding and more chronic fatigue.
Before my diagnosis, my family and I were pretty worried because we saw the weight loss and we saw the fatigue and we knew something was wrong.
And then I finally went in for an annual physical and was referred to a specialist.
I had an ultrasound and that’s when they found the first fibroid. We also had a CAT scan done and that’s when I realized, after viewing that, how big the fibroid really was.
I found out that the fibroid was benign and no cancer and I had a pretty good feeling about that.
When I finally decided to have surgery and talk to my family about it, in a way everyone was relieved, but we were all kind of cautious, too, because of the risks with any kind of surgery.
I did have a partial hysterectomy. We were able to retain the ovaries and my cervix. And they took out the uterus and all the surrounding fibroids.
After surgery, when I woke up, I immediately felt light and relieved and just very relaxed I do believe. Not a lot of pain either.
In terms of recovery, I had to remember that my body went through the shock of having the hysterectomy and having the fibroids removed and then also having stitches on the inside, sutures on the outside, and giving myself enough space to just relax and let the healing process begin so that my body could go back and start working the way it was supposed to function without the fibroids in there.
The hardest part of recovery time was making sure I sat still and didn’t try to overexert myself even though my mind said I felt much better.
This is my sixth week post surgery and I’m starting to feel a little bit more energy but it’s still hard on certain days, whereas the more I do, the more fatigued I can get. So I just take it day by day.
I feel like the fibroid was holding me back from moving forward in my life. Actually, I feel the fibroid was holding me at a standstill. It was like my entire life was on hold because everything I did revolved around my cycles — my monthly cycles — and it revolved around my pain and it revolved around my fatigue.
I feel very, very positive about getting better and getting stronger and not having something so drastic impede my life.