I am a bit behind on email right now…Well, let’s be honest, I am a bit behind on a whole lot of everything right now. I know that you’ve noticed because you’ve emailed, you’ve texted, you’ve even tweeted.
I blame WebMD.
Okay. Not really. I am just using it as a scapegoat. Whenever I am confronted with the unfamiliar I turn to research and this is one of the sites that have consumed my time online lately.
Over the two years, I’ve been challenged by some health related issues. Unfortunately, the issues have continued to get worse and this summer they sort of hit something of a debilitating high.
In September (actually the same day SNAP! tickets went on sale), I had surgery to remove a large growth from inside my uterus.
We thought the procedure would not only “cure” the many symptoms I’d been experiencing, but we also believed it would resolve my infertility issues. All I have ever wanted to be is a mom, so this was super-exciting news.
Unfortunately after the surgery my health sort of spiralled down and I ended up feeling worse. In the last two months, I’ve spent time at the InstaCare facility, the hospital and a variety of doctor’s offices.
My symptoms read like a laundry list of what to expect in the third trimester of pregnancy, with a few extra nasty add ons, so I’ve actually spent a fair amount of Google time being directed here…
In fact, I had one doctor insist that I was nearly nine months along and try to convince me I just didn’t realize it. We had a lovely conversation about the birds and the bees. Yes friends, he sincerely believed I was that dumb.
After forcing me to take a pregnancy test (that obviously came back negative), the doctor ordered a CT scan. By this point I had little faith in the doctor and honestly called to cancel the appointment the morning of, but the scheduler talked me in to keeping it, “just in case.”
The next day both the doctor who ordered the scan told me there were issues with my reproductive system (DUH!) and told me to go back to my OB/GYN.
I went into my appointment the day before Thanksgiving expecting to essentially be told that I’d have to learn to live with it.
I did not go in expecting to hear the word cancer.
AT ALL.image via Spiffing Jewelry
Tumors on my reproductive organs are growing at an alarming rate. Since late-September they have more than doubled in size and spread. As a result, my uterus has grown to the size of a 36-38 week pregnancy (hence the ridiculous pregnancy symptoms).
I am sick and uncomfortable and I am hoping I am lucky.
My doctor believes that he will be able to remove all of the affected organs with a total hysterectomy. I go in tomorrow for the surgery early, early in the morning.
Since I am not eligible for laparoscopic surgery like would usually be performed, I will be in the hospital for a bit. Once home, I will be in bed through the end of the month (which really puts a cramp on Christmas, but means I might get to all of your email!). I am hoping to be up and around in January, although the recovery time is six to eight weeks.
My doctor is pretty confident that this surgery will put an end to my issues once and for all and so I am feeling pretty positive…I will find out if I need further treatment in a couple of weeks after they check my lymph nodes.
I debated about posting this, but here’s the thing…I’ve just spent a week and a half reading every symptom, every story, every recovery, on every site online and they made a difference. I even re-read all of Ashley’s posts. They all helped put things into perspective.
My story isn’t particularly touching, nor is it terribly amazing. What matters is that I am contributing. I am contributing my story to the bank of thousands of others that have been published by women. Women who are changing the world by recording their lives on blogs.
Thank you. Thank you bloggers for sharing. Thank you readers for reading and giving bloggers a voice. You’ve made a difference in my life.
Before I wrap this up, I do want to let you know that while I may be a little more quiet, plans for SNAP! continue to roll forward wonderfully. I have a fantastic team and things will continue as planned.