Several members of my family have experienced the difficult decision of giving up a part of themselves to save themselves. For some, it involved an amputation resulting from diabetic neuropathy and one member of my family required radical surgery for breast cancer.
What does all of that mean in terms of this site?
This started to just be an entry about occasionally deleting content from my blog if I felt it was detrimental to the entire fibroid family. However, once I started thinking about the phrase, something much deeper surfaced…
This is important! If you choose to treat your fibroids, you really have to think in those terms. The graphic image of losing a toe is necessary to illustrate my point.
There are no easy answers when it comes to fibroids. In some cases, there are less-invasive answers but you are still treating something that is a part of you. It is not a golf ball or softball or some other inanimate object. It is a living piece of you just like a toe or breast.
Understand that once you decide to treat your fibroids, you are giving up a part of yourself to save yourself. It doesn’t matter if the fibroids are surgically removed, embolized, zapped, or anything else. The same thing applies. Realize that fibroid treatment and recovery are not things to fear. They are processes. Means to an end.
Yeah, I know. Easy for me to say (all several months post-op and everything) but read what I wrote in my composition notebook while in the hospital bed the day of my Uterine Fibroid Embolization:
Fibroids are a part of me but they must die. Please don’t fight back. Die quietly and w/o much pain.
Low pain. Low pain. Low pain. ↓↓↓
The fibroids were a part of me but they had to go (or at least shrink). I asked that they “take one for the team” and die quietly. I prepared myself mentally, spiritually, and physically (by getting as healthy as I could) before my procedures. I was then ready to give up a part of myself to save myself. No regrets.
One last “logical” quote (‘cuz you know I’m a Star Trek fan):
This also applies to your life as an individual. Your well-being is important. Sometimes, that requires personal sacrifice.