I am 36 years old now and I was diagnosed with 2nd degree uterine prolapse 2.5 yrs ago. The Dr suggested I try pelvic floor exercise to make my muscles strong to avoid surgery at very young age. (I had 2 kids with vaginal delivery), so I learned pelvic floor exercise from pelvic floor physiotherapist and tried for almost 10 months but didn’t get any improvement in the prolapse. It might have been because my tissues were damaged while delivering a baby.
I was diagnosed with cervical cancer after a smear test showed abnormal cells. At a young sixty year old this came as a complete shock! I have always been fit and well. After various tests I was graded at stage 1b and told I would need a radical hysterectomy followed by possibly chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
I went through the menopause 15 years ago, and suddenly started to experience a very slight bloody discharge in the mornings when I relieved myself. I also experienced extreme exhaustion. I did not want to do anything, and had to drag myself out to work, and even to meet up with friends.
I do not wish to share my hysterectomy story, pre-op or the op itself, as all was very straightforward by all accounts. However I do want to share my post hysterectomy home remedy kit, this is a selection of the things I found invaluable during the initial post-op recovery in hospital, and in the following weeks at home.
I’m not really sure where to start. Probably because I never thought I’d ever be in the situation of losing my womb. However I felt I need to give some insight, into what it feels like having a hysterectomy at 27. And not just a hysterectomy, but an unplanned, life-changing hysterectomy, that I had absolutely no control over.
I discovered I had troublesome fibroids about 16 years ago, I was 36 at the time. The first one was large and causing some very heavy bleeding. My gynaecologist at the time suggested a hysterectomy as I already had my children, I felt hysterectomy was a very drastic measure at 36 and went on a waiting list for a new non invasive surgery called fibroid embolisation.
On the 23rd June I will be raising money for the Hysterectomy Association by taking part in the open water swimming event, the Great East Swim, at Alton Water in Sussex. If you would like to sponsor me please visit my just giving site www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/louise-richardson-3; and remember, every £1 really does makes such a difference.
Whilst showering one evening, I was washing ‘down below’ and realized that what I was feeling was my cervix literally popping out! I realized that my uterus had prolapsed and once out of the shower, I called a friend who is a female GP. She agreed with me that my uterus had prolapsed, that I needed to see her for confirmation at what degree my uterus had prolapsed and suggested that I lie down and push it back in. I did so and spent the rest of the evening lying in my bed.
I’m writing this for all the women out there who are facing the prospect of a hysterectomy because this is my hysterectomy resurrection story. Maybe you feel scared of the unknown. Maybe you’ve read some crazy horror stories about the procedure. Maybe (like it was with me) it’s your first ever operation and you’re absolutely petrified. I’m writing this for anyone who has any fears at all because I want to tell you all that it will be ok and will much more than likely not be as bad as you think. It’s difficult to know how to begin my story, other than to marvel on what an incredible journey it’s been. A journey with lots of ups and downs, highs and lows, but one that – no matter how hard and testing – has all been worth it…