My hysterectomy – Marie’s Story

I am 8 days post op after a abdominal hysterectomy I wanted to share my hysterectomy story as I have read many stories and some if the put me off having a hysterectomy.

I have always had really painful periods since they started aged 13. I am now 39 I have really suffered heavy and painful periods the pain being that bad I would be physically sick and they prevented me from doing things I wouldn’t go on the pill or have medication as there is a family history of thrombosis which caused my dad to die aged 49 so medication was not a option for me.

I have one child always wanted more but this never happened for me so I began to foster I have been doing this now for 9 years one of the children I look after is autistic and has ADHD so is very active how ever my periods stopped me doing things to help keep him busy. So I went to my doctor who was very good and agreed I could go and see a gynaecologist my husband get health insurance through work so I was lucky I could be seen quickly. I was sent for test and I have a cyst on my Fallopian tubes. My consultant spoke to me about the risk and I had told her I had been thinking about this for the last 6 years my own son was now 19 I didn’t want any more birth child and she agreed I could have the surgery done. I went in last Monday 14/04/1014 my op was at 3 o clock in the afternoon the staff was lovely and my consultant was very happy with the way things have gone.

I am still in pain however compared to my periods they are manageable without medication in the day. I know I could take tablets but then I would be tempted to do jobs around the house with a pain being there I know I can’t do anything yet. I stayed in hospital for 3 nights and I think I have been very lucky after reading some story some of you have really suffered. It has been the best thing I have done for myself yes I am in pain now but because I did so much research and I was really sure I wanted to go through the operation I am very happy with my decision. I will be happy when I can start to do things for myself again the worse bit of all of this is the injection I have had to have four week after my op.

I know some people don’t get the chance to make the decision if you should have a hysterecomy but if you do make sure you are 100% you want the op I did and I am happy I went through with it and once if have healed I will have the rest do my life pain free 🙂

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