Uterine Fibroids And The Journey To Beat Them

It’s been over a year since I was first diagnosed with herniated discs.

It has been the main focus of my life. To deal with them, to become healthier, to build a better core.

I successfully abandoned some ‘small’ findings from that MRI a year ago.

The uterine fibroids

“Uterine fibroids, also called leimyomas or myomas, are non-cancerous growths that originate in the thick wall of the uterus. Fibroids are the most common type of tumor found in female reproductive organs.” – Health Central

Yes, the MRI revealed I had a 7 cm fibroid and another one that I can’t even remember how big it was.

How can you ignore a 7 cm fibroid for a year?!” asked the gynecologist I saw on Tuesday, 22 October 2013.

Because it never bother me, Doc and I was too focused on my back and sciatica pain.” And sadly, it was actually the discomforts I’ve been having lately that pushed me to take this steps and get myself checked. It was so scary for me to even come to the clinic!

Doctor recommends surgery to remove the mass that now has grown into a 9 cm big!

I managed to keep my cool and asked the doctor so many questions; wrote down his answers and updated Dan briefly.

This doctor suggested the first option would be to do a hysteroscopy then decide if my uterine fibroids are cancerous or not. If it’s cancerous then the only option he said was to have a hysterectomy.

I managed to stay calm even after listening to the worse case scenarios being laid out by the doctor.

As I left the clinic, it started raining…it was dark…

Clutching a big envelope that housed ultrasound pictures, I stopped a taxi. Got in and told the taxi driver where to go.

He was very cheerful, bubbly and funny that driver. Bless his heart.

While the emotions boiling inside me. I can’t wait to get home. Sadness, anger, frustrations, relief, panic, scare all rolled into one and I was a hot mess.

After I briefly told my mother about the diagnosis, I went upstairs to my room. Dialed Dan on Skype and completely lost it.

My tears came from a place so deep within me that on that day felt threatened…scared that the fibroid(s) may cause me to be infertile…I weep for that and my strong man held me – yes, I can feel him holding me tightly as I cried my eyes out.

He let me cry, to let it all out before we discuss what steps to do next.


That’s the keyword for me, for us at the moment.

He assured me he will be right next to me when we have the surgery scheduled.

So there it is…while I will go seek a second opinion, I know it would be best to get this ‘little darling’ out of me. As I hungrily read up more information about this common women disease and prepare myself mentally for the road up ahead, I will focus on my health even more.

The journey to be fully healthy will be a long one from here on but it is a journey I am ready to face and I couldn’t be more grateful to have the love of my family, my man and my friends to help get through this.

If you have any experience with uterine fibroids, I’d love to hear your stories or tips or anything really. 




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  1. October 24, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear, Maureen. I do hope that it’s not so serious that you need the most drastic of treatments. I’m glad that you’re positive, I think that will help in your recovery. Hugs. xo
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  2. October 24, 2013 / 10:48 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this. It’s good that you’re getting a second opinion and once you have all the information you can make the best decision for yourself and your future.
    And as friends we will all be here to support you in any way that we can.

    • Maureen
      October 26, 2013 / 10:11 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words and support, Jackie. It’s been really eye opening to talk about this openly with other women especially those who had surgery even some who had to undergo the drastic hysterectomy.
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  3. October 24, 2013 / 11:56 pm

    Maureen, I’m so sorry. I know this is hard.
    I had a partial hysterectomy (I kept my ovaries so that I would not have to do hormone replacement) to get rid of my uterine fibroid. I don’t know how many cm it was but it was the size of a large grapefruit per my doctor. I did not want him to have to cut me open and had laproscopic surgery. However, it was actually a little too large for that type of procedure so I wound up being in surgery for two extra hours because he did not want to upset me with a huge stomach scar and felt that with patience he could get it out. What an awesome doctor I have! He took a picture of it for me and I actually have it in my photo album (I know it’s a weird thing to keep). Because of the fibroid and the size of it I was having severe hemorrhaging on a daily basis, was anemic, and quite ill for almost a year. So please be aware that there is a possibility that you can experience some extreme health issues because of this. Also, my my doctor told me that I did not have to get a hysterectomy if I wanted other children. But there is a chance that another would just grow. Since I already had three children I opted for the partial hysterectomy. I think it’s important to keep your ovaries if you can. But if you want more children don’t get one at all and find a doctor who will help you.
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    • Maureen
      October 26, 2013 / 10:14 am

      Really appreciate your encouraging words and for you to openly talk about your own experience, Carla. That is fantastic that your doctor is such a great doctor! I’ve been reading a lot of conflicting things online about the laproscopy surgery as some said my fibroids at 9cm is too big for it but then I had a friend just today telling me her’s was a 13cm one and they managed to do the laproscopy. I guess it all came back to finding the right doctor, isn’t? I will have an appointment to see an oncology gynecology doctor on Nov 6th and I’ve read great things about this doctor so let’s hope it will goes well and I don’t need a hysterectomy.
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  4. October 27, 2013 / 2:45 am

    I am so sorry to hear this and pray that your surgery goes well. xo.

  5. October 27, 2013 / 12:47 pm

    So sorry sweetie! I haven’t had these but I did have mysterious ovarian cysts that started up after I had my son. And I remember the fear of infertility. So scared that at 25 years old I might have to give up having anymore kids. It was scary. Lucky for me it was my birth control giving me the cysts and I was able to have another kid, my mermaid miracle girl. I hope that the surgery goes well and that it’s not cancerous! Praying for you sweetie.

    • Maureen
      October 28, 2013 / 2:57 pm

      Oh Amanda, I can relate to those fears of being infertile. I have bad days and good days when it comes to how I’m handling my fears. Some days I got so scared I cried myself blind but some days I feel better and optimistic that I could beat this thing. I am young, I’m fairly healthy except for that one part of my body. Reading your experience give me hopes so thank you, my friend for sharing that and for your support. Hugs!
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    • Maureen
      October 29, 2013 / 11:56 am

      Really appreciate your kind thoughts and support, Maria. Thank you

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