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Summer Surgeries and turning 40

Friday, September 13, 2019

Long time since I blogged, but I'd like to document where I am right now.... even if it's just for me.

In May, my PC found a mass in my pelvic area. After some testing and a trip to the OBGYN, it was decided that I needed to have surgery to remove the mass. Doctor was confident that it was a harmless cyst. The cyst was large enough that they had to do open surgery. Basically I had a C-section to remove it. Surgery was right before my 40th bday, so I spend my bday on the couch watching Hallmark Christmas movies instead of at the lake with friends.. ( no bitterness there! emoticon ) NOT TO SAY anything bad about Hallmark Christmas movies... I LOVE them... that's just not how I wanted to celebrate.

7/16 - Two weeks later at my post op appt, my OBGYN said the cyst was actually more of a tumor. He was referring me to an oncologist for follow up. Thankfully I didn't have to wait long for that appt.

7/25 Oncologist was VERY nice and took his time explaining everything. He asked if we were still trying to have kids, because that would make a difference in his treatment. I told him no, so he recommended a partial hysterotomy, keeping just the one ovary in order to avoid going into a forced menopause.

8/28 - Second Summer Surgery done robotically. Much less invasive surgery, just have 5 small stab wounds on my stomach rather than 1 massive cut. My poor stomach... ugh. Anyway... Surgery went well. I have my follow up next week to HOPEFULLY hear that nothing was cancerous.

In the mean time, I'm not in a good place mentally. I don't know how to describe it really, but I feel bitter and empty. I did make an appt with a counselor, that's also next week. Hopefully we connect well and we can work on getting me back to feeling myself.

Basically it was a dumb summer. I KNOW I should be thankful the tumor was found and taken out..and I'll get there eventually. Someday I'll be thankful for this. But it's not today.

I've also taken a big step to get back on track with my eating. I signed up for a six week coaching session to really work on my eating. My coach do meal plans and grocery lists for me. It starts next week and I have the menu.. it's VERY different. LOL This first week is concentrating on LOTS of veggies. Some of it looks super questionable, but I'm going to go for it and trust.

As far as exercise... obviously I'm not running with the surgeries. I'm 2 weeks post op now, so I need to get back to going on walks every day. I also found some "light" postpartum ab exercises that I'm going to do. I think it's a good start.

Summer sucked... I'm gonna make it a great fall!!! emoticon
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    I had a 15 pound tumor removed in June 2003. I had quit teaching mid semester in 2002 (I was only in my second year as a public school teacher, was 48 years old at the time, and had to resign because I kept falling down and none of the doctors knew what was wrong with me. I had a total hysterectomy when a new doctor discovered the tumour and I want to tell you, forced menopause is no picnic. I could not be given any hormones because I have had malignant skin cancer since I was 25 years old.

    Anyway, I'm still alive and kicking and I hope everything is going well with you. Hadn't seen you on Spark pages for awhile, I'm getting back on the horse, have lost and gained the same ten pounds for several years, now is the time to get serious and lose the weight.
    352 days ago
    Congratulations on the cancer being gone! I saw that in your feed. Stay strong and love life!
    575 days ago
    I was so happy to hear from you this morning; and shocked that anyone was still reading the post. LOL
    I went straight to your page and read this! My fingers are crossed for you this morning; hoping that you have already received (or will receive this week) great news. You are a good, strong woman and will do whatever you have to do to be healthier. All challenges are wake-up calls and we are lucky that they are.
    On top of my diabetes development I had breast cancer 5.5 years ago. Chemo (which triggered the diabetes), radiation, bi-lateral mastectomy.
    But I fought, I am here, I am healthier than I have been in quite a while. And, of course, cancer free. I am available for talk, support, whatever you need. Thrilled to hear from you.
    607 days ago
  • LINDAF49
    I am glad you wrote your blog and were so open about feelings physically and mentally - sounds like you are taking pretty good care of you!
    I would encourage one other thing - " stop and smell the flowers along the way" - get a flower or a special box of tea or a special jar of jelly or coffee flavoring or some such thing EACH week at the grocery store - sounds kind of silly but has been wonderful for me to "take care of me" since my 70th birthday in February - There are losses in our hearts after surgery and it is ok to take good care of ourselves on a continuing basis and it doesn't have to be anything big, expensive or even mentioned to others in the family - just something that will make you smile and confident in life and the processes of healing.
    609 days ago
    emoticon I hope everything is okay and you get good news from the biopsy.

    Don't overdo it on your return to exercise, but keep moving...

    Your coaching plan for eating sounds intriguing. I hope it works well for you.


    609 days ago
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