So like many breast cancer survivors, my medical team has decided that I should have a full hysterectomy.
In my case, having dealt with gynecological issues like ovarian cysts and fibroids since I was a teenager, I will admit it comes as a relief. Especially because neither my cysts or fibroids have improved post breast cancer. If anything, we’ll say they are acting up and leave it at that.
I met with my surgeon already and am scheduled. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t nervous, because I am.
But the big picture is the parts don’t work, they have never worked and I am looking forward to peace of mind where these issues are concerned. And being able to reduce the odds further of a secondary cancer is huge in my mind because if I am brutally honest I do have risk there.
Of course, in retrospect I can’t help but wonder if I had tried to go this route years ago instead of being put on hormones, would I have ended up with a hormone driven breast cancer in my 40s? I will never know, but to women younger than myself the take away lesson is even when you are strong advocate for your own health, you can never ask too many questions.
Onward and upward.
It just goes to show that breast cancer is not just about breasts. It can and does affect us elsewhere. May the force of prayer be with you as you undergo your surgery. Please keep us posted.
Wendy, thank you so much for your kind words. I will. I expect I will be fine. Now I just have all the fun in between of all the insurance approvals and everything else