Health

Fibroids | Surgery | Recovery

Been gone for a minute, now I’m back for the jump off…. Allo everybody!!! Miss Me? No? Bon, lol! As I type this I am home, and had the strength to write- you know… now that I am putting myself together and not falling apart – and let me tell you…. THIS LIFE NO BE BEANS OOOOOO!

I am thankful for a successful surgery and on this continued road to recovery, but baybee (nawlins accent) let me tell you, fibroids aint no joke! It may be a touchy subject, but I think it is something that should be discussed, because it affect women of colour (I mean… if you have not noticed this black berry that I am…), and many to not understand or know the affects or these suckers… So let me tell you because I HAVE SUFFAHD!

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow within the wall of the uterus. Fibroids, known technically as leiomyomata, can vary in size and number and may be accompanied by infertility, miscarriage, and early onset of labor.

Now to be clear, women of color are three times as likely to get them, and usually we are not aware (like my behind was clueless). I did not know I had them until I went to the hospital for the SECOND TIME! It took me going to the ER and them doing an ultrasound and immediately seeing a specialist. Scary shxt.. and he too said “You need surgery, no way around it”. Now, you tell someone they are about to be cut open and see how cheery you will see them – exactly, said no one EVER!

Fast forward to post op. Lucky for me, I got one of the best surgeons that could removed the monstrous fibroids and keep my uterus in tact (I still want them babies)- Side thought, I have heard PLENTY of stories of women suffering in silence from fibroids because they too heard of surgeons just removing their wombs, THANK GOD that was not my portion – BUT the recovery journey (which I am on now is no joke).

Many failed to understand how this surgery made me realize how hard I am on my body and how strong I am NOT. I was in ICU and in the hospital for a total of 5 days. I could not walk, could not eat, could not do anything! Hooked up to IVs on hella pain meds, it was sad. I felt helpless, even after I left, I had to depend on family to even help me get out of bed (A WHOLE ME!).

This process did open my eyes to all of my family and friends that cared, what happened to me was hard, but I made it through and the ‘fibroid baby’ is gone.. all 10 of them! I urge women to make sure you specialist checks for them, because had I not paid attention to my body and opt for surgery right away, my dear womb would have suffered for it. So become aware, it can affect any of us- Take care of your body!

Discussion Point:

What did you know about fibroids prior to post? Have you had them or the surgery?

Ciao,
Nnennaya Noir