sex, lies, and uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids affect somewhere around 1 in 4 women in the United States. Many are immediately directed down the hysterectomy path by their gynecologists. They are never told that there are choices and decisions to be made. They are told "this is your only choice."

Some women, unhappy with the "hysterectomy indicated" option, choose to simply ignore their doctor and their physical problems until their bodies force them to "do something." Then, they begin a treacherous walk down the road to researching their options and determining whether or not there is a more palatable solution that they can comfortably and safely choose.

Sometimes they simply find themselves "giving up" and "giving in" to the hysterectomy option.

The variety of physical conditions and stages that women who are diagnosed with uterine fibroids experience are numerous. No two women develop uterine fibroids in the same manner, at the same pace, or with the exact same combination of resulting symptoms.

Although millions of women in the United States are walking around with uterine fibroids, we are all different. As a result, we all react to the diagnosis differently and, based on the information provided to us by our physicians, we make the best decisions that we possibly can.

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Hi. My name is Carla and this is my story. Over fifteen years ago I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. Initially startled by my doctor's diagnosis (I was 28 at the time), I was relieved to hear from her that it was "nothing to worry about." Not the complete truth, exactly. And, at that point, not a lie either. Obfuscation of information. How could I have ever known that there would be much more to come in the ensuing years? Eventually, my uterus and fibroids grew to the size of a 6-7 month pregnancy. Big. Really big. HUGE.

The connecting pages on this website contain information that has proven useful to me during my search for an "answer" to my fibroid situation. I do not, necessarily, endorse or support all of the ideas, information, or research contained in links that you may access from this site. In fact, many site links provided herein are thoroughly disgusting to me. Nonetheless, it is extremely important to me that each woman decide for herself what to believe, endorse, and follow. It is equally important for each woman to discuss whatever information intrigues her (as a possible solution to her situation) with her physician.

In addition to the wide variety of links and other resource information, My Journal pages describe, in oftentimes painful (for me) detail, a wide variety of situations/circumstances that I encountered during my quest for relief from uterine fibroids. It is a frank account of my situation and thoughts as they unfurl. It includes both the good and bad and even the truly ugly. It is not, however, meant to be offensive and I apologize to those who may be easily offended by profanity or discussions of a sexual nature.

If you are a woman diagnosed with uterine fibroids, you may recognize some of the stories presented herein. Foremost, this website was created for you and My Journal was put online so that you could know that you
are not alone.

If you are a supportive spouse or significant other to a woman experiencing uterine fibroids, perhaps the information provided herein will help you to better understand the depth of experiences and choices that your partner is confronting.

If you are a physician, perhaps you will recognize your own behavior--good or bad--and make whatever adjustments are appropriate in the way in which you inform and treat your female patients.

It took me a long time to realize that I was not alone in my quest for answers to this problem. Believe me, you are not alone either. Remember, somewhere around twenty-five percent of all women in the United States develop symptomatic uterine fibroids during their lifetime. I wish each and every one of you the best of all available choices and experiences, a supportive network of family and friends, and positive relationships with physicians who actually "give a damn."
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