Thursday, November 14, 2013


Update!  I got a clean bill of health so I suppose my stupid uterus can stick around for a while longer.

Why is it that we (as a society, not me or you specifically) have been able to perform seemingly miraculous tasks in the field of medicine like organ transplants and mapping the human genome, but women's reproductive health is still a fricking mystery?  I mean, the ovaries and uterus lie inches below the surface of the skin in the lower abdomen, yet they might as well be disembodied and off in the universe somewhere based on how much we know about what is going on in our particular ovaries/uteruses (uteri?) at any given moment.  That just seems wrong.  Is it because women's health is still not a priority?  I can hardly believe that because more than half of us are women, and in the past few years almost all of the medical professionals I have dealt with are women. But if that's not the reason, what is?  It's something.

The reason I am thinking about this is because YET AGAIN I am having issues with those particular woman parts. This isn't the first time.  The first time was when I was in college and had what turned out to be a benign tumor on my cervix.  The first doctor that looked at it judgementally diagnosed me with genital warts and applied some kind of acid. What?  No!  Yes.  It was horrifying.  So I went to an actual gynecologist who did a test other than a peek and an assumption, and figured out that it was in fact a tumor, not warts, and needed to be cut out and biopsied.

The second time was when I was pregnant and during an exam a doctor discovered pre-cancerous abnormal growths on my cervix.  They had to be cut out.  While I was pregnant.  It was stressful.  Not only that, it was painful.  And it was ridiculous because the amount of gauze that can be hidden away in a pregnant woman is astonishing.  I was like a clown pulling out handkerchiefs at a horrific children's birthday party.

The third time I was diagnosed with "stage 0 cervical carcinoma."  Well?  Is it cancer or is it stage 0 because stage 0 would seem to indicate there is no cancer, yet the word carcinoma would suggest there is.  Again, it had to be cut out.  This time I suggested that maybe they just cut out the whole deal because I had already had my babies and I didn't need those parts anymore, and if they were going to just exist to cause me problems, why keep them?  I was told no, that was too radical and sent on my way.

This time after experiencing some unpleasant symptoms that I will spare you the details of, I went in to the doctor, was examined, was sent for an ultrasound and was told to wait for the doctor to call.  That's what I'm doing right now.  Waiting.  I want this not to happen again.  I want a partial hysterectomy.  I have researched it and I know the risks and rewards of it.  I get that it's a major medical procedure, but to me it seems like preventative medicine.  I don't WANT to get cancer and by all indications, that seems like the path I've been heading down - getting it, catching it early, then cutting out chunks.  I would like to avoid the anxiety, stress and worry associated with having symptoms every few years, but in order to really be heard, it seems like I may have to actually become hysterical, hence proving the need for a hysterectomy.  I've been practicing and I'm getting pretty good at it.  

1 comment:

  1. Sarah, It's me Jane.
    I guess since I haven't written in my blog in a very long time it won't let me sign in, so I am Anonymous!

    I have my parts removed years ago due to fibroids. Once they got in there I had a cyst and endometriosis. They left my one good ovary and my cervix.

    I'm no OBGYN but I think they like to keep the cervix so it doesn't mess you up as far as triggering menopause and keeping that sex spark intact. Maybe that's why they don't want to chop everything up just yet.

    If you do get to do the surgery, they put holes in your side and blow you up like the Michelin Tire Man then they cut a tiny little hole above the non public line and go in from there. They cut everything up and suck it out. BUT the best part --- have your DR. take pictures while your blown up. OMG so cool!! My DR. did 8 x 10's, color for me! I got to see my diaphragm, intestines, appendix, so awesome!!

    So in conclusion:
    Hysterectomy, awesome no more periods, no more pain!
    Surgery, all and all not to bad
    Photos just an added bonus
    Recovery, they say 8 weeks and they ain't kidding

    Good luck!! Keep us posted!

    Went to Boston last weekend, ate dinner at a place your BF George stayed!


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