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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fibroids



I debated sharing this on my blog, because it feels really personal.  But because the rest of my life is already an open book, I thought why not?  And who knows, maybe my story will help others, or just be good for me to share.

On Monday I went to the doctor for my annual checkup.  The doctor thought she felt something and wanted me to come back the next day for a sonogram.  Tuesday morning I went in for the sonogram and found out that I do have for sure 2 fairly large fibroid tumors.  The sonogram tech said they were pretty large and that the doctor would be calling me to discuss my options.  Then Wednesday morning the doctor called me and said that my only option is to have surgery to remove them.  Because of how large they are and where they are located, that is my only option.  She said that the biggest one is 11 x 10 cm, which is 4.3 x 3.9 inches.  Of course it's scary and not the news that I wanted to hear, but I'm feeling pretty good about it and I'm thankful that it's not worse.  Fibroid tumors are benign so I'm even more thankful for that.

My doctor knows all about my weight loss and she recommended that I wait to have the surgery until I'm a little closer to my goal weight.  She didn't want me having surgery and then being out of commission during the recovery time and not being able to workout to get me off-track with my weight loss.  Of course it's my decision and if I want to go ahead and have the surgery I can.  She did say that I for sure need to do it at least 1 year before I want to have kids to allow my body time to heal.  The problem with that is that I have no idea when that will be.  It really depends on how soon I meet someone and get married, but when that does happen, because of my age I won't want to wait a long time.

So I have some decisions to make.  Now that I know I have these and they are large (they said it's like I'm 17 weeks pregnant), part of me just wants to get them out of me and not have to think about it.  But the other part of me thinks that the doctor is right and it would be smart to wait.  I could also choose a better insurance plan starting in January and have a much lower deductible which would be wiser financially.  I'm glad that although they need to come out, that the doctor doesn't think that it's urgent to do it.

At this point I'm not sure what is best.  I'm just praying for wisdom and asking the Lord to guide me to what is best.  I'm trying to stay positive and really focus on all I have to be thankful for.  The fact that she found them now and that I can get them taken care of soon, instead of later on down the road when I'm trying to have kids is a huge blessing.  I'm also so thankful that she found them.  I had my annual checkup last year and they didn't find them even though they were there then.  Also, once I get them take out my stomach will be flatter! :)  Several of my friends recommended this doctor to me.  She is great and so loving and caring.  Monday was the first time I met her, but I already feel like I know her.  It nice to have a doctor that really cares about me and that I can trust to do what is best.

My sister mentioned that if I do decide to wait, that it might be good to have a goal in mind and really push me to lose as much weight as possible and/or get to my goal weight by the time I have the surgery.  If I wait, I will probably have it around the first of the year, but if I decide to go ahead and get them taken out, I will most likely do it as soon as possible.

The good news is that she said all my labs came back perfect!  Everything they tested for is in the normal range, including things that were low or borderline last year.  I'm so thankful that I'm getting healthy and making that a top priority in my life.  Please focus on making your health a top priority and not just losing weight or looking good!

Thanks so much for all your love and prayers!  <3


25 comments:

  1. ...and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5-6)

    As someone who has been there done that I understand. It appears that your fibroids are not causing you any issues at the moment. Especially since your Dr. has given you the option of waiting. In my situation they caused me extreme pain and made my monthly cycle unbearable. I agree with your sister. Set a date for the surgery...then bust your butt to get closer to goal by that time.

    You are going to be fine. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.

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    1. Thanks love! I'm so glad to hear that you've been through this too and everything turned out ok. Thankfully I'm not having symptoms yet. Thanks for the prayers!

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  2. I'm sorry you have to go through this. Hopefully you will be able to get it taken care of without too much disruption to your life. Sending positive vibes your way.

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  3. Sending positivity and good thoughts your way :) HUGS

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  4. Just lending support. I'm sure whatever you decide will be the right choice for you. :)

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  5. dang, andrea! I'm sorry you have to deal with this, but it's so good to know what they are and what the plan is. I'll be praying for you and I know when you make a decision it will be the right one. sending lots of virtual hugs your way!

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  6. I am sure whatever you decide all will be fine. {hugs}

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  7. I'm so sorry you have to go through this Andrea, but thankful that these tumors are benign. You are a strong woman. My prayer for you is that the decision will come to you easily. Either one will work out just fine. Smiles and hugs:)

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    1. Thanks so much Leigh! That really means a lot to me!

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  8. praying for you!! thank the Lord they are benign and you have options!! God will guide you, offer it up! <3

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  9. So So sorry you had that thrown at you. My close friend went thru it and had major symptoms so she had to have surgery pretty soon after they figured it out. She healed quick and was great after. So if you are ok and can wait, then do it. If you start experiencing any issues, you know it's time. Either way- you are making the right choice!! Wish you didn't have to go thru this however.

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    1. Thanks for the advice! I'm glad your friend did well and didn't have any complications! I think they are pretty common.

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  10. Best of luck to you. My thoughts are that you set the date and work your best to reach as close to your goal by then, but do not let weight be the reason you don't have this done in a reasonable time. Weight loss is not predictable, but if you can have these removed at a time that they do not hurt, it makes much more sense than waiting until you hit a point where they do begin to hurt, multiply and THEN you are faced with no options and a possible derailment of your plans...

    Good luck to you and have fun tonight!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the advice! I totally agree. I think I'm just going to set a date and work as hard as possible towards that date and have it sooner if I end up having any symptoms. We did have lots of fun ;)

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  11. tough news, my friend. Whatever decision you make will be the right one for you.

    I'll keep you in my thoughts. take care!!!

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  12. Andrea! Oh my goodness - you are definitely in my thoughts and prayers. I think it's great that you are able to make an informed decision about this - as long as you are comfortable with what you want to do then that's what you should do!
    I'm glad everything else healthwise is going good for you.
    xOx

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