Wow, so ive reached my 1 year hyster-versary!! I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone. I have to say that i am so glad to be a year on, if i think too much about the bad bits that happened in the first few days post op I do start to feel anxiety rear its ugly head. So I block those thoughts out and focus on the future.
So, a year on, well im fit and healthy, an extra 9lb heavier but most of all, pain free! With regards to weight gain, I would say that up until Christmas i took things easy, did a few 5k runs, couple of workouts but nothing too strenuous – not because I couldn’t, id just fallen out of routine. I do however think that HRT has a lot to play with excess weight gain around my tummy and thighs and so have concentrated on that area when working out recently. Apparently its a common thing with HRT – weight gain, but if I think back to the pain, near passing out moments and migraines, a few extra pounds is fine with me (although i have shed a few tears when trying to get in trousers that i used to be able to get in!).
It took a few trials of different types of HRT, but finally I have settled with a gel instead of a tablet, im on the lowest dose that ticks the box for protection against osteoporosis. I will have to be on this for the next 15 years!
Ive not had any issues with my scar but where my surgeon had trouble getting my right ovary out I can feel it pull and give me a bit of jip, my consultant thinks its scar tissue – i’ll just deal with it as i am NO WAY having anymore surgery i.e. removal via laparoscopy.
I can’t say that I ‘miss’ my womb or feel any less of a woman from having it removed ( a few ladies had said they had feelings of loss/ not being a woman), again it all comes down to finally being free of pain and not worrying that I would ‘flood’ at the most inappropriate moment.
I do however feel that I have my life back, that i dont have to consider the ‘time of the month’ or the 2 weeks both before and after, which is what my life seemed to consist of pre hysterectomy.
All in all, I feel i have come so far in this past year and look forward to a happy, pain free future. I won’t deny that I’ve had low moments, particularly about my weight but i think thats more to do with my mind set than anything else.