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I turned 45 in Jan. of this year and the best birthday present was my hysterectomy in March.  Life has never been so great as it is now, I have more energy and I find life as exciting now as I did when I was 20.
I had been in peri-menopause for years and I really was miserable; mood swings, very painful periods, & the PMS was horrible. I now feel like I finally got my life back!!!
My husband & I took a much needed vacation and we are remodeling our house and doing things that we love to do; and it’s all because of my much needed hysterectomy.
I understand that for some people it can be devestating, but for me it was the best thing that happened. The day after my surgery I felt like a new person and now I wake up every morning with a zest for life.
WOW who would have thought that life begins @ 45!!!!



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 20, 2008
    • Mizmary...

      I had my hysterectomy 11 years ago at the ripe old age of 33.  I had fibroid tumors all in my uterus...and for at least a year..had a period every single day of life.  It was hell on earth.  Finally my ob/gyn dr. took mercy on me...and yanked it all out...except my ovaries.  He said if they were not diseased he would not remove them and he didn’t.  

      Best surgery I ever had.  I did gain weight from it...but I will take that any day over what I was going through prior.

      Now....I am Peri-menopausal....well on paper it doesn’t say so...but he believes I am.  Anyway....right now...I am doing all I can to be nice...lol.....this mood  stuff is for the birds.  But...the surgery is well worth it.  I’m glad you are living again.....good for you.



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      Stephanie wrote Sep 20, 2008
    • Hello Mary,

      I am so thrilled to hear that this helped you for the better. Each woman reacts differently to this procedure, and it is a pleasure to hear that it positively affected you.

      You seem to be loving life and thats the number one most important thing!

      Keep us posted about your remodel, I would love to see pictures!



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • Thanks Stephanie for your comment.  My life is better.  I’ve been through hell and back probably the last 5 years...really longer than that.  Too much to go into on here...but things in my life ARE better.  Maybe not where I would like for them to be but at least we are moving in the right direction.  

      As far as my remodeling goes....that is a very slow process...but....we are going in the right direction.  Took me a while to get in this shape..and it’s going to take me a while to get out of it.  But...I AM GOING to get back in shape...a good shape...and be healthy again.  

      Tracy.....since you are in a different relationship (with a husband you do not have children with)...I can’t say how I would feel since I have never experienced that.  But I am pretty sure that if I were to be in your situation that I wouldn’t want anymore children.  I think you come to a point in your life that you just know you don’t want anymore.  When I made the decision to have the hysterectomy I knew at the age of 33 if something were to happen to my husband and I were to remarry....I still would not want to do it all again.  I just knew.  And to this day....I definitely do not want to do it again...even though it’s not possible.  But I have no regrets.  I am at the point in my life that I just want to enjoy life...do things that I want to do.  I guess you could call me a bit self-centered..but really I’m not.
      I’m just pass all the baby stuff...school age children....etc.  When my youngest graduated from high school this past spring...I was elated to not have any children in public school.  I like my boys ages now.  

      Again...you have to do what is right for you.  What is right for me might not necessarily be right for you.  I like the freedom that I have now.

      A hysterectomy can cause weight gain in some women...of course it would in me....but again...I think you can control it to a degree.  When I had mine...it was a few months before my father died...and things just went downhill from there.  Still.....I haven’t had a period in 11 years and it’s the best feeling!!!  Since I still have my ovaries I think sometimes I can still tell when I ovulate...but...hey...I can handle all of that way more than that period junk.  I was anemic....and it took a good year to build my hemoglobin back up.  

      Now the best thing I can do for myself is exercise...exercise...and excercise...and eat healthy and cut out all of the junk.   It’s not rocket science...but it is very MENTAL.  

      You’ll get to a point that you’ll say to yourself...“I’m sick of this and I’m ready to live again.“.

      Good luck with your decision....



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      Marybeth Pitner wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • I have gained a few pounds in the last few months and it is harder to loose it then it used to be.  That is the only downfall of the hysterectomy, but I can live with it cuz I FEEL GREAT!!!!  I blame it on the strogen I’m taking; I’m going to see if the dr. will lower my dosage.

       Tracy, you sound like I did.  I planned my life around my periods too, I even missed work because of it.  You will know when the time is right to have a hysterectomy.  I found out about 15 yrs. ago that I couldn’t have kids so that was never a factor in my decision.  I had a total hysterectomy & I wish now I could have done it about 10 yrs ago.  You may gain some weight but you get soooo much energy back.  I do know a few people that never gained an ounce after their surgery but everyone is different.

        Hey Maryclark—I agree—- I’ll take the few extra pounds anyday!!!!



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • Mizmary....if you‘re on the hormones...check with your dr. about natural hormones....ones where a pharmacist makes it up to suit YOU...not a certain strength that may or may not be right for your body.  One of my best friends is a pharmacist and she does this and when the time comes for to require hormones...I’m going this route.  Her mother has been on the natural for years and has done great.  I haven’t talked to her about the lately...but I will see her today and ask her about it.  I’ll post and let you all know.



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      Marybeth Pitner wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • Thanks maryclark, I sure would appreciate it.  I don’t know much about the natural hormones but I have heard some people talk about them.  Keep me posted and let me know what you find out, I can then talk to my dr. about it.



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      Marybeth Pitner wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • empower, I forgot about the website (hystersisters)  it is a wonderful site.  I was on it for awhile but then when I went back to work I never seem to have the time.  Thanks for posting that; I’m sure it can help someone.



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      Naz K wrote Feb 21, 2009
    • I turned 45 a few days ago and 3 years ago my menopausal journey started and it was the roughest thing I have ever experienced.I have my life back and it took 2 years to do it,listen to your body, keep a daily calendar of all your symptoms,leve of activity and what you eat.Find a WOMAN gyno because the guys just don’t get it and have her monitor through symptoms (best indicator) and blood tests (can be inconclusive)and moreover mental state (paranoia, depression,anger,self-loath) and work out bioidentical hormones. I take an estrogen patch, a progestrone gel 2 weeks in a month and testosterone gel every day.Insurance covers everything, this is not a quick fix it requires a great amount of patience and inner wisdom. Love and wellness to all chicks going through this.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 21, 2009
    • Oh, did I miss your birthday?  Blame it on CRS moment (Can’t Remember Shxt)....



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      Jewelrybyirina wrote Apr 18, 2009
    • Hi Mary,
      have a great weekend!



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