Lady Parts

I’ve been dealing with a giant mass in my uterus for about 2 years. My gynecologist says my uterus has grown to the size of a 22-24 week pregnancy. She thinks it weighs at least 9-10 pounds. To me it feels like a bowling ball. 

It is rock solid y'all. 

A lot of women have dealt or will deal with uterine fibroids in their life. Some will stay tiny and you won’t have many symptoms, others of us can make dietary or lifestyle changes that will help reduce the size. Others find relief from herbs and acupuncture or go on birth control in their 30s.

I swear my fibroid has a pulse that at times feels stronger than my own heart beat. When my mom had a hysterectomy, she also had a cantaloupe sized fibroid. Before she had the surgery she was anemic because the mass was literally draining her of vital nutrients. 

I haven’t shared as much with you all about this condition because I honestly didn’t want to deal with other people’s opinions about what I should do or deal with people feeling bad for me. As I mentioned in my post on Tuesday, it can be draining to share things you’re going through because then you also have to manage reassuring people or wading through streams of unsolicited advice. I also generally greatly dislike getting attention for this sort of thing. I’d rather talk about politics or music or really anything else. 

Trust me when I say I’ve sought out treatment and advice from really smart women who specialize in taking care of women’s health both in the traditional medical settings and outside of it. 

July 18th I’ll be undergoing surgery to have my own hysterectomy. I’m a little freaked out to have surgery, obviously. But mostly I’m just relived to get this thing out of me! You can kind of see it in this picture if you zoom in on the front of my pelvis. I’ve had to wear high waisted yoga leggings for the last two years to contain it. Post surgery I’ll rock out the low waist and crop tops! Hallelujah. 

If you are dealing with fibroids know that it’s really common and feel free to ask me any and all questions you might have about my own situation.