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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday Spotlight: Sharie Silva

Today I want to talk with you about something completely not sexy: hysterectomies and cancer. Let’s face it, when you don’t feel well, sexy is the furthest thing from your mind. I have experience with both, though admittedly the cancer was in the form of a mole. With a lot of breast cancer among the women in my family, I’m very aware of the potential for me to become afflicted with breast cancer.

I hate when they say you ‘get’ cancer. It’s not like anyone goes shopping to buy it or picks it out of a garden or gets it as a gift. Seems more accurate to say a person becomes afflicted with it, don’t you think? I want to urge each and every one of you to get those breast exams, paps and mammograms. I recently learned that a new cancerous growth can double in size in less than a year. I’d asked several doctors over the years about removing my mole and was told it was nothing. In that last year, it completely changed. That’s reason enough for me to show up for the tests on my birthday. Don’t risk it.

Now on the hysterectomy. The most common reason for them is cancer. However, it is also a viable solution to many other problems. This is where I fell into. I had completely lost energy. I slept in late, took naps in the afternoon and still went to bed early. And it wasn’t enough. Blood tests revealed nothing out of the ordinary.

I’ve always had ordinarily harsh and long menstrual cycles but they worsened and I began clotting. Over the months, very sharp pains came with the passing of the clots. So I asked my doctor. He told me if they were disrupting my life to consider a hysterectomy (or the other alternatives of partials—there are several options). I figured I could tough it out. After all, that’s a scary thing to consider.

A year later, I had it done. My doctor told me afterwards that he expected me to come back in a month. I waited a year. How stupid I was! I literally spent entire afternoons sitting on the john, in pain, during that time and it was a terrible bloody accident in the middle of a rock concert 200 miles from home, that made me decide I wanted to get it over with.

I’ve never regretted it. I have my energy back. No more messy clothes and spending money on pads and tampons. No more pain. My uterus had been the size of a cantaloupe! That’s mind-boggling.

My sister-in-law had one of the alternative partials done to correct a constant peeing problem she developed. Her uterus had dropped, putting pressure on her bladder. It became a source of constant embarrassment for her in her workplace. She, too, says she’s never been happier.

Ladies, you don’t have to put up with this stuff. See your doctor if something’s not right. They can help you decide what is best for you but please, please don’t ignore the problem. You owe it to yourself, to your family.

Be healthy, happy and sexy!


booklover0226 said...

Breast cancer runs in my family and I get a mammogram every year. And every 5 years, I find a lump (like clock work) and need a biopsy. So far, everything is ok, but if I didn't do self-exams and get those mammograms who knows where I would be today??

Thank you for sharing something so personal, Sharie.

Anonymous said...

Hi Booklover. I'm glad you get regular check ups. It's important. Thank YOU for sharing your story too.

LeslieJane said...

Mom also had a hystorectomy due to major period problems in her early 40's. Going from only 3 day periods to ones lasting over a week, very heavy the whole time, and another coming only after about two weeks made Mom check with the doctors. The hystorectomy helped tremendously, and she felt so much better after the recovery, and was so glad to not have to worry about the pads and tampons, ect. Wasn;t happy for the reason, but loved the eventual result.

And the poor gal also ended up with a concerous growth on her parathyroid in her late 50's, but they removed it all, and has been cancer free now for over 15 years.

I am so thankful for continous good health for both my parents.

Gianna Bruno said...

Having all the screening tests isn't fun, that's for sure. I just had my mammogram and, with fibrocystic disease, it's always an ordeal. Seems to be fine but I have to take the films to the surgeon next week. What's the alternative though?

I get so upset when I think about the latest recommendations from the US Preventative Services Task Force to cut back on breast screenings. They are gambling with women's lives to save bucks.

How about cutting back on men's tests to save some dough. They cover prostate screeing and Viagra but now want to cut back mammograms for most of us and birth control for younger women.

Ouch, I can see those old geezers grabbing their balls right now and saying "hands off my body!"

Sad, but true that women's health is a disposable option while men's isn't. Be vocal about it, ladies!

Anonymous said...

I definitely agree with you there. I don't want to hate on the guys but the need for viagra isn't a life/death's not preventing anything bad where women's care is.