Every once and a while a stranger begins to have this incredible impact on your life. That stranger brings you inspiration, faith, hope and causes you to pause in life and think about something bigger than you to do list. This is exactly the impact that Denis is having on me…..a stranger to me just a short time ago…..but with each of her posts creating a special bond, a special place in my heart, and a big impact on my life! I hope her personal story series is having the same wonderful impact on you!

Denise looks back to the day of her Myomectomy…

MYOMECTOMY! It has been 8 1/2 months since that momentous day in September. The day I could have died. Yet, the day my hope of having a baby was renewed. It was the day of my Myomectomy. Even now, a part of me cringes at the mere mention of that word. But another part of me says, “Thank you God. Thank you for giving me hope.”

“What’s the big deal?”, you might ask, “What could be so horrible, yet so hopeful, about one simple word?” Well, I will tell you. An abdominal myomectomy is a painful and intense surgery used to remove non-cancerous growths called fibroids from a woman’s uterus. See, in order to conceive my little Jaydon, I needed this surgery because there were fibroids blocking both of my fallopian tubes. Many women in my position, who no longer desire children, would opt for a hysterectomy, a surgery which removes a woman’s uterus and any chance she has of having a baby. However, the purpose of a myomectomy is to preserve the woman’s uterus and her chances of conceiving a child. Thank God for modern science providing the ability to preserve my uterus. But, for me, this surgery was more intense than for most.

The hospital staff put me under general anesthesia and everything went black. The surgeon, whom I will refer to by code name as Dr. Mike, thought there were only about 7 or 8 of these pesky fibroids to remove. But, once he got in there, he discovered there were 27 fibroids. I should point out that the number and size of the fibroids determine how pervasive the surgery will be. The sizes of my fibroids ranged from tiny to huge. My poor uterus! No wonder it was the size of a 16-week pregnancy. To find and remove these 27 fibroids, Dr. Mike made an incision in my bikini line, almost hip to hip (similar to the incision used for a C-section). He invaded my body with his tools and removed the fibroids, cutting them out the old fashioned-way, with a scalpel. Dr. Mike did his best to restructure my uterus to maximize my chances of getting pregnant.

Let’s not forget the emergency blood transfusion. Fibroids, by nature, tend to bleed. I lost way more blood than expected. I woke up to find that I had low blood pressure and the whole time I was in the hospital they had to keep a watch on it. In fact the day I was released, they had originally decided to hold me because my blood pressure was too low. Then there was the danger of nicking other organs, like my bladder. He didn’t nick my bladder, but God knows it felt like it. I was not comfortable urinating for at least 3 1/2 weeks after the surgery. Each time I went to the bathroom, I thought my insides were dropping out.

Once the surgery is done and they stitch you up, you are forced to get out of bed within 12 to 24 hours. I cannot express the pain. Your internal organs have been massacred! You’re doped up on drugs for the pain, and you have to walk around. It’s not fun at all!!!! I was out of work for a total of six weeks and still was not 100% ready to go back. But, I needed to get back to work as soon as I could. I would say it was another 3 or 4 weeks before I felt totally back to my old self again.

Six weeks after the surgery Dr. Mike performed a follow-up SIS to check my uterus and then a follow-up HSG to check my fallopian tubes and outer uterus. Praise God! Good News!!! The surgery worked. There was NO scar tissue and both my fallopian tubes were OPEN!! No blockage. The surgery was a raving success! I could try to conceive six weeks from the date of these tests!! I left there on cloud 9. My hope of conceiving was renewed. So, I guess a part of me doesn’t cringe at the word. MYOMECTOMY, as it will allow me to conceive my little Jaydon, I admit that I’m now happy to say, “Myomectomy.” I will shout it from the highest rooftop!!! And Yes, I will do it again in a heartbeat. My little Jaydon is worth it!!!!

“With God All Things Are Possible”

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  • Tai August 22, 2015, 9:34 pm

    Denise I am so sorry to hear how you were treated by that Dr. I am almost 44 and My Dr. Is pro baby until around age 48 or so. I’m hoping to get a myomectomy soon and be preggo by next year. Please keep us updated. (((Big hugs)))

  • rebecca September 28, 2015, 10:46 pm

    “With god all things are possible” Thankyou so much ! Thankyou.

  • Keesha December 20, 2015, 1:27 am

    God bless you! I had my myomectomey last year. Healed up nicely. Now me and my boyfriend are praying for our baby so please say a prayer for us!!

  • dineo December 24, 2015, 7:37 am

    My name is dineo I had myoctomy n ventrosuspension on 31of August 2015,I can’t wait to fall pregnant can u put me in ur prayers

  • keginah nyakatawa December 27, 2015, 2:20 pm

    had my surgery last month for fibroids and cant wait to be pregnant

  • Bomsy January 10, 2016, 12:33 pm

    Hi, I’m 39, had a myomectomy in September 2010, was single then, just got married March, 2015 and been trying to concieve since 9 months now but just discovered a re-growth of multiple uterine fibroid again. My doctor adviced I have another myomectomy before trying again. I’m so scared and worried of any possible fertility issues coming up as a result of Having another myomectomy at my age and the possibility of getting a successful pregnancy and child birth without complications coz I use to hear of Scar tissue, dilation, endometriosis, thinning of the uterus etc as a result of Having a surgery talk less of Having it twice. Plz can someone share any tips/advice/experience /story with me? Plz I’m desperate to have my precious unborn little ones plz. Thanks to all.

  • Allie January 13, 2016, 12:49 pm

    Hi Bomsy glad to find someone who l can relate to. I am here lying on a hospital bed waiting to do my second myomectomy tomorrow, my first was in 2008 and like you l was single, married in 2010 and trying to conceive only to hear that the fibroids are back, l would be 43 next week, so l am here being optomistic that this is the answer, keeping my fingers cross

  • maud January 14, 2016, 4:14 pm

    I am so inspired with all these stories I was suppose to go for Myomectomy, last year in November but I didn’t have the strength I was so afraid I cried myself to sleep but with all the stories I am reading there is still hope .Thank you ladies

  • maggy January 16, 2016, 4:52 am

    Hi i had my first born at 22 in 2003 n now 36 n trying to get pregnant only to discover that i was luck to fall pregnant the first time bcos of the fibroids and also done myomectomy in 2012 oh n it was a success but unfortunately I still haven’t got pregnant n the thought of fibroids growing back gives me grips I can’t bare the pain of another surgery for now I’m just hoping God will answer my call before I can go back n the doctor tells me another bad news

  • Karen February 1, 2016, 2:40 pm

    Just had a abdominal myo last Thursday. I am in a lot of pain but I feel like a new woman. The fibroid was 5lbs and the size of a football. I can’t believe I waited this long. I went through a similar expieriance with blood loss, transfusion, ICU etc. I am hoping they don’t grow back (surgeon said it’s very rare). I’ll pray for all those having to have their 1st,2nd myoectomy or trying to conceive.

  • candy February 9, 2016, 1:49 pm

    Surgery is invasive and painful and there are always risks of complications, regardless of what doctor you choose. I would recommend that any woman educate herself throroughly with reliable internet resources while considering this procedure. In regards to getting up after surgery- I would recommend that a woman urinate in a bedpan before getting out of bed. I have had a miomectomy and a year later a cesarean with my girl and believe me, getting up is much less painful without a full bladder pressing on your internal incision sites. When they get you up, make sure you have taken your pain meds 45 min before and ask for a bedpan, you will be SO glad u did!

  • wummyt February 15, 2016, 5:45 pm

    I had my fibroid surgery on dec 20 2012 at the age of 28 and was single and still a virgin then. I got disflowered two months after surgery and married in 2014..But still haven’t conceived but I’m hoping in God soon cos dias a regrowth of another one but doctor says its still small and shouldn’t stop me frm conceiving

  • Sweety February 22, 2016, 11:30 am

    I’m 25yrs, and my abd myomectomy is scheduled for this wednesday… plz pray for me. These stories really encourage me. I have hope now that all will be fine,in God’s name and that i’ll be able to conceive one day. I really want to become a mum..

  • prisca March 7, 2016, 8:54 am

    I am 31 and having a myomectomy in 2 days. I am so scared as I have never spent more than 10 minutes in a hospital. Reading this, is very enouraging. Thank you.
    Pray for me please

  • nancy April 6, 2016, 4:21 am

    Hi i’m nancy age 31 had my myo march17 2016 had a very bad pain… but i hope only prayers can brings victory …. i’m still waiting for my 1st baby … pls keep me in ur prayers
    “Jesus will turns all our sorrows into Joy” praise god

  • Lois April 7, 2016, 1:39 pm

    Wow. Am so so blessed,God bless u all wit it contributions. Am 30,having my surgery in 2weeks,wit ds,I can say I knw wat it takes &am prepared….may God heal us all & answers our prayers. Pls remember me in ur prayers. God bless u all

  • funke April 8, 2016, 10:22 am

    Hi.had mayo 31january 2016 but couldnt pass-out gas was told by my doc so another surgery had to be done(instestine obstruction)Am still beliveing God of conception…..cant wait to fall pregnant

  • Carmen April 9, 2016, 2:14 am

    I’m 40yrs old and just had my abdominal myomectomy 3/31/16. I was to have 5 fibroid tumors removed however once dr. cut me open they ended up having to remove 23 fibroids of various size. The experience hasn’t been bad and post surgery pain has been minimal. I’m praying for a successful recovery & that God will bless me to be pregnant within 1-2 yrs.

  • Glad April 14, 2016, 9:10 am

    Hi. I am 32 and had mine on January 6th this year. Had two big ones (7cm). I thank God the recovery has been easy and not as bad as I thought. I don’t have to wake up twice at night just to pee a drop of urine. But am praying for a baby now. So desperate, pray for me and my Hubby. God bless you all.

  • arit May 2, 2016, 5:31 am

    I had my surgery July 2015 was single, it wasn’t easy though it took me 6 weeks to be my normal myself. Just got married, and I want to be a mom like now. Done some scan, my system is ok. Need advise to get pregnant now. Praise be to Jesus.

  • patience May 5, 2016, 5:55 am

    Hi, I had my surgery on feb 2013, the surgery went well, but I’m still willing to conceive since trying. Hoping one day I will.

  • Lizzy May 24, 2016, 11:19 am

    Keep hope alive, God can do all things. I had emergency C-Section at 32 weeks january 2015, baby could not be reached because of my huge fibroids. They had to remove massive fibroid weighing 7.6kg for a chance to save baby and me, almost lost my womb and my life but I made it through. Thank God. Today I am pregnant again. God can do anything when you trust him and believe in him. Trust him ladies, your story will not be different.

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