February 6 I will be going in for a total hysterectomy with single ovary removal plus excision of Endometriosis. This will be the 4th surgery in 6 years & I’ve already been told it most likely won’t be my last. I’m not focusing on that though; I’m focusing on the fact that after 6 long months, this is finally happening!
These last few months have been some of the hardest times; where, to do something or go somewhere, has left me extremely exhausted & in more pain. I know & have had time to understand what this surgery entails but after getting the call on Friday, I broke down to my surprise. This isn’t something I wanted or ever thought would be happening to me but it is, & this surgery is something I have to do.
When there is no other choice, you have to make the best of the one you do have & that is what I am trying to & intend to continue to do. So we pull ourselves together, take a deep breath, say “I am ok”, take a step forward, & hope that things will be better than they are now. To be better is all we want & sometimes we have to give up a lot to make that happen; work, social life, friends, family, & even organs.
The impact of Endometriosis & Adenomyosis is just starting to be understood; these illnesses are whole body diseases which can affect a person’s entire life. So please, spread awareness & educate others because we need more help for this illness so others can avoid the steps I, along with thousands of others, have had no choice but to take.
Roop Bassra, RN
BSc Psychology, BSc Nursing