My next step in treatment is about to commence. Yes, the dreaded hysterectomy has been scheduled for next week.
Nothing like sitting in the waiting room of a gynecologist’s office to make you feel a bit conspicuous. Childless, flat, and there to schedule a hysterectomy.
When I met with the doctor and had my initial exam, I was somewhat surprised to find out that I wouldn’t be able to have a laparoscopic hysterectomy due to my size, fair skin, and lack of childbearing.
Who knew that being a petite, redheaded woman with breast cancer and no history of childbirth would be a drawback when it came to this surgery?
I will be undergoing a full abdominal hysterectomy, with the one large incision on my abdomen. The average hospital stay is about two days, with recovery about six weeks.
Honestly, I’m dreading this surgery, but I’m ready to have it done. At least this will eliminate the Zoladex from my current medication regimen. Although it doesn’t cause me any side effects, I will no longer have to go in for the monthly injection of the implant.
Too, as a patient with Cowden Syndrome, I’ll be eliminating one more possible risk in having this surgery done on a prophylactic basis, way ahead of any cancer developing. As I’ve already had my thyroid and breasts removed, I suppose I’ll doing pretty well as far as future risks are concerned.
And frankly, I’m pretty sick of cancer at this point. I’ll do what I can to avoid any further encounters with the beast.
I’ll be offline for a bit so that I can get things prepared in real life and psyche myself up for this next round in the surgical suite.
See you soon!