Note to self –> file this under: Things I never thought I’d share with the internet.
Why stop oversharing now?
Sooooooo, yea. I am a 28 year old woman who is undergoing a hysterectomy in t minus two full days.
Why am I sharing?
Welp, here’s the thing. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. My biggest fear in life is surgery. I know that might sound bizarre to most, but I have so much anxiety surrounding it for many reasons. The thought of something going wrong when you 100% plan to come out unscathed, the fact that I know someone personally who felt an entire surgery while she was “put under,” having seizures as a baby as a result of medication used during surgery? Just so! many! things!
However, I am focusing on the positives. And while I was researching the surgery, my doctor, what recovery would be like, etc. I didn’t feel like there was a lot of content I related to. I was reading articles and watching videos, but the majority of the patients were either A. having a different surgery, or B. much older than myself.
I got you ladies! This is my perspective as a 28 year old woman undergoing a partial hysterectomy where I will have my uterus and fallopian tubes removed, but I will be keeping my cervix and ovaries.
While recovery is typically relatively easy, I won’t deny this is a major surgery with possible ramifications both during surgery and later on down the road. I am having something that I am meant to have removed from my body and I didn’t make that decision lightly.
Watch the video below and continue scrolling if you want to know where to skip for specific topics:
( 0:43 ): Why this is uncomfortable for me to share.
( 1:56 ): I have not had a good night’s sleep in years.
( 3:05 ): Gluten intolerance discovery and the changes it made in my body.
( 3:25 ): Realizing it was not normal to feel so tired at such a young age.
( 4:00 ): Dealing with urinary incontinence and how it severely impacts my life.
( 6:19 ): Discussing urinary incontinence with primary care physician who referred me to a specialist (obstetrician-gynecologist.)
( 7:00 ): Getting into the discussion of why I made the decision to have the surgery.
( 7:30 ): Oversized, severely tilted uterus, pushing against bladder and bowels.
( 7:55 ): My experience with endometriosis
( 8:05 ): CT, MRI, and Urodynamic test ordered.
( 8:25 ): Temporary treatment to calm the bladder.
( 9:28 ): The surgeon’s world renowned qualifications.
( 9:45 ): Going over my options and making the decision to do the surgery.
( 10:30 ): Not making the decision lightly and all of the ways my life is impacted by living with it.
- pain, tenderness
- painful periods
- pain during intercourse
- pain/nausea after orgasm
- urinary incontinence
- disrupted bowel movements
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if you suffer from infertility
and you are sensitive to
talk regarding conception.
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( 12:44 ): My desire to not have any more children.
( 13:00 ): My desire to be off birth control.
( 13:45 ): Experiencing that moment of realizing I will no longer be able to conceive.
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( 14:30 ): Closing up the video with mentions of sharing recovery on Snapchat and YouTube.
( 15:40 ): Expressing concerns with my surgeon.
And that’s a wrap! Follow me on Snapchat (@taracreel) where I will be sharing additional details such as experiences I have had in dealing with urinary incontinence and more!
Please leave any questions you have on YouTube so we can create a forum for other woman to ask questions and seek answers.
Love you always! t