Day 6 after my hysterectomy – the first day I feel fairly normal.
Going into this surgery, I promised myself I would be gentle and patient with myself. I rushed things back in April (and in past surgeries), and I regretted it very much so I wanted to be sure I took my time getting back to 100%.
So for anyone who might be going through this surgery, I thought it would be good to document my experience thus far.
A familiar image — getting ready for another surgery.
Man, I thought I was a pro at surgeries, but as the date got closer, I was getting pretty nervous about the pain that would come with a hysterectomy.
I like to know what to expect. That’s a big reason I have kept the blog updated. I want others who are newly diagnosed to be able to stumble upon and read my story. I have read and kept up with many cancer blogs over the last 4 1/2 years since my diagnosis. It helps me to hear other stories.
So as it relates to the hysterectomy surgery, I wanted to know what was coming. I have two friends who had gone through one in the past couple months. They both have their own stories about how things went. And, I definitely appreciate hearing them because I wanted to go into this with my eyes wide open. Continue reading
In November, I went for my annual appointment with my OBGYN, Dr. Wayman. Wayman sound familiar to you? That’s because she has been extremely helpful through my journey to pull the surgical drains from my body after each surgery so I didn’t have to drive all the way to Houston for that. She is a pretty amazing person. Continue reading
On July 7, I headed back down for a post-operative appointment with Dr. Garvey. He was very happy with my results, like I was. There is still some significant symmetry issues, but they are much better. Continue reading
The surgery on April 6 went well. Aside from the major problems with getting the IV in before surgery – a problem I’ve never had before – everything went really well. I was in and out and headed to the hotel in what seemed like no time. That “no time” feeling was quite possibly related to the anesthesia. This round was a doozy in terms of waking up and being coherent.
Blogging has been really tough for me this past year, and I can’t put my finger on why. Maybe it is because some days I feel like I just don’t want to think about cancer anymore. Maybe a little bit because life is just busy. Maybe it is a little bit because the cancer-related events in my life lately keep turning out to be false alarms which makes me feel both happy (for good news) and silly (for worrying) at the same time. Continue reading