I went through the menopause 15 years ago, and suddenly started to experience a very slight bloody discharge in the mornings when I relieved myself. I also experienced extreme exhaustion. I did not want to do anything, and had to drag myself out to work, and even to meet up with friends.
When I went to my GP I was immediately referred for an ultrasound, and it was discovered that the lining of the womb was considerably thicker than was expected for someone with my history. I then had a hysteroscopy as an outpatient, which failed as I found it so painful. I was put at my ease after feeling I had failed to cope with the pain of the procedure, as my children had all been delivered by C-section. If childbirth had been natural it would have been easier for me. I then had to have the procedure under general anaesthetic. When I came round, my consultant informed me that a polyp had been removed for biopsy, along with cells which she said looked abnormal to the eye.
I received my results within a couple of weeks, to be informed that I had womb cancer, and would need to have a total hysterectomy, hopefully performed laparascopically. My thoughts were “get this out of me”, nothing else was of consideration. I had the procedure five weeks ago, laparascopically as planned, and am now cancer free, with check ups to come over the next few years.
I was really sore and bruised to start with, a nice pillow or cushion to sit on at this point was essential. Walking helped immensely at this stage of things, and gradually increased the steps I did each day. Bladder and bowel habits have, in the main, settled down, although were erratic to start with. I did experience pain when my bladder was full, but not when I relieved myself, and assumed that it would resolve itself in time, which it has. The sensation of emptiness inside where the womb was has been a strange experience, but I am gradually getting used to the feeling. I am sure that in time I will adjust completely.
I still feel a bit bruised, and can feel it if I overdo things, with an unpleasant dragging sensation being one of the experiences, but life is gradually getting back to normal, having returned to work on a phased return in the fourth week of recovery.
I am really lucky that the disease was caught early, and I have a good prognosis. I now feel full of energy again, and cannot wait to heal fully and get back to exercising. I have always enjoyed walking, but really miss my daily fitness sessions.
I am also extremely lucky that I have not experienced any negative feelings in the aftermath of the hysterectomy. Whether that is due to the reason for the surgery I do not know, but I count my blessings.