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Still smiling but not too excited about my next & hopefully last surgery for a while, officially on the books for next Thursday. Taking the plunge & having my ovaries removed all to try hormone therapies other than tamoxifen. Really hoping that works out because while this is normally a pretty simple procedure, it will not be for me. Because of the reconstruction I opted for, DIEP flap, they can't do this via laparoscopy & instead have to do a laparotomy. In other words, they'll be using the same incision area used for two C-sections & my reconstruction. A little disappointed about the 6 week recovery time, but hoping to make it more like 4... I'm pretty tough! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’ช
#positivelysurvivingcancer #oophorectomy #hopefullymylastsurgery

On Friday I learned my blood type. A Positive. I learned this because I needed 8 bags of it to save my life when a cyst the size of an orange on my right ovary ruptured and I had a major bleed in my abdomen.
The focus and commitment from the skilled high achievers at #homertonhospital and the blood that once lived in other folk is why I'm still here. #givebloodnhs #dontselfdiagnose #nottrappedwind #oophorectomy #givebloodnhs

I recently found out that I'm having an oophorectomy (removal of 1 or both ovaries, depending on what the Dr finds) so I'm gonna need this pillow.
Also, thank God for my #mom who is flying all the way to AZ to baby me before/during/after my surgery.

#oophorectomy #PCOS #PCOSSucks #WomanProblems

Otw to surgery room, feels like playing bom bom car ๐Ÿ˜€. Wish me a smooth surgery ya ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š#oophorectomy #surgery #otw

If anyone is looking for a last minute birthday gift for me.......don't forget the baseball bat. #endometriosis #ovary #oophorectomy #oophorectomyrecovery

Saw this card today and wished I had it 2 years ago at my surgery. It made me smile. #brca #brca1 #ovaries #oophorectomy

Yesterday my life changed for the better, I had a hysterectomy, my tubes and both ovaries removed. I have battled health issues since I was 16 with surgeries, a premature bub & a high risk pregnancy due to Endometriosis, PCOS & incompetent cervix. I have been fortunate to have produced two beautiful miracle babies ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— (which we were told we might never have). Soon I will start HRT to help me as I will begin menopause at 29, but this will be a walk in the park compared to what I have already been through all these years. #womenshealthmatters #hysterectomy #oophorectomy #salpingectomy #welcometomynewlife๐Ÿ˜Ž

Today is my one year post-op #hysterectomy #oophorectomy What I had thought/hoped was going to be a simple surgery and somewhat short recovery turned into somewhat of a nightmare when I ended up with a bad infection and hematoma a week after my surgery. When I went in to emergency they said they wanted to admit me for a couple days and I ended up being there for two weeks. I had a drain put in to help get rid of the hematoma and drain some of the fluid from the infection which unfortunately didn't fix the issue. I ended up with severe bleeding, blood clots the size of baseballs, and the hospital having to call doctors in for an emergency surgery in the middle of the night. I had reached the point where I could barely walk more than a couple of feet without blacking out. I found out after the surgery that I had lost about a litre of blood before and they had to give me 5 units during as well as put in another drain. The cause of the bleeding was the infection, it had eaten through the sutures. During the surgery they cleared out the infected fluid and hematoma and after a few more days I was finally able to go home. The picture on the left was me the day I got home, I had lost almost 20 lbs and felt absolutely terrible. The picture on the right is today a year after my original surgery. The second picture is what my scars look like from my second surgery. The scar from th3 drain is much more noticanle that the laprascopic one. I was came out of my first surgery with no scars at all. I was lucky to come out of my second one with only minimal scarring. #ftm #trans #transgender #transman #thisiswhattranslookslike #transproblems #reality #notaphase


Finally having had this oophorectomy is the bread winner for my pain at least for a few years. I can't believe it took three horrible experiences with doctors to find one heaven sent one. A massive thank you to everyone who came visit me in my icebox. #oophorectomy #20171016 #tgmc #iwasaterriblepatientbeforefood #hangry #sleepy #endometriosisawareness #pcos

I meant to post this on Friday, October 13th, along with a caption expressing my relief at having surgery that, while taking longer and requiring the surgeon to do more than expected, did *not* cause any complications... ...but I was too busy sleeping off the pain and trauma and exhaustion from said surgery, so I'm two days late in posting this. Oops.

Anyway, my surgeon removed my right ovary and right fallopian tube. She then spent some time cutting and ablating endometrial tissue (I'm pissed that despite a hysterectomy four years ago that included removing my cervix because the surgeon wanted to remove as much as possible because I had/have #Endometriosis, some endo cells/tissue still managed to hide) and adhesions/scar tissue.

Aside from minor annoyance at the anesthesia doctor for knocking me out before I had a chance to remind everyone in the OR about my 100% intolerance to NSAIDS and Toradol (gastric ulcers, ulcer perforations), all went well.
Of course I've traded twisting ovary pain for post-op pain, but at least the post-op pain will go away, and now there's nothing left to twist and potentially result in yet another medical emergency.

Many, many, MANY thanks to Daniel @TerminusEstKuldin) and my BFF Jason (@Cyberspew) for being there for me.๐Ÿ’— #oophorectomy #salpingectomy #ovariantorsion #Endometriosis #PCOS #PolycysticOvarianSyndrome #surgery

Happy , ALIVE, and built to SURVIVE. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿšˆ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐ŸŒท

Life has been kicking me in the ass lately...so I put on some good tunes this morning and lifted heavy things.

Worst day of my young life and now I have to wear this #cone ๐Ÿ˜” hoping to recover soon. #ovariectomy #oophorectomy #puppy

* long post ๐Ÿ˜‰ This morning I had one of many upcoming appointments to get ready for this damn surgery. It really didn't come as a big shock to me and I knew it was coming down the pipe, but I didn't expect it THIS soon, (i'll be thirty in just over a month, so I'll be 29 when I have it done). This time last year (October 13th 2016) I had an endometrial ablation, tubal ligation, and dilation and curettage. I was having constant pain and bleeding and I was so emotional about it. There were several times before the surgery that I would see blood and just cry. I was a mess. After the surgery everything seemed great up until the last few months. I've been in constant pain in my left cervical region and if it wasn't the awful sharp shooting pain, it's the nagging and always there pressure and dull pain. It's become my "normal" really. I basically live with a warm rice sock attached to me because it not only helps the pain, it's comforting.
Over the last six months, I've had my pap and repap and they are both coming back irregular. I have a large cyst on my left ovary as well as pelvic congestive syndrome, which is similar to varicose veins in my uterus, super painful! The pain is starting to really effect my mood and activities, and the bleeding has also come back. After a discussion with my doctor and a couple days to think about it, it was decided that a hysterectomy is the best course of action for me.
I already can't, and don't want to have more babies (most days;) so I'm not dealing with that emotional loss that I know many women feel when having a hysterectomy. I'm terrified, honestly, because I've never had "major surgery." I'm emotional about the recovery. I'm sad about missing my son's first basketball practice and game. I'm sad about not being able to pick up my daughter, who has recently become attached to my hip โค #hysterectomy #oophorectomy #pelviccongestionsyndrome #surgery #recovery #health #mother #momof2 #wcw #pain #chronicpain #womencrushwednesday #hystersister โค

It's that time of the week again! Humans of Midtown: Meet Monica, one of our amazing medical assistants! How long have you been at Midtown: 6.5 years! Best memory at work: "My patients make the best memories for me." Favorite ob/gyn word: Oophorectomy. Most used emoji: ๐Ÿ˜. Fun fact: She's a Denver native (the few, the proud!). #midtownmonday #obgyn #coloradonative #patientcare #oophorectomy #medicalassistant #denvernative

Confession...back-to-school has been kicking my butt. I've been getting most of my workouts in, but nutrition is another story. I've fallen back into my old unhealthy habits...and I'm feeling the effects. I'm sure that I'm not alone in feeling frazzled, icky, and ready for a solution.
I will be starting a group on October 16 for other people like me who need to kickstart their fitness and nutrition. Workouts will be 30 minutes long for our crazy schedules. They are easy to follow and focus on the foundations of fitness: Cardio, Strength, Core Function, and Flexibility. No worries if you haven't worked out for awhile...these workout include options for all fitness levels.
The group also includes a meal plan to follow. Recipes are easy and able to be prepped ahead of time so that you're prepared for those nights when you're running in a million directions. It also includes a sampler of shakes for those on-the-go snacks and breakfast, for when you need nutrition, but have no time.
Let me know who wants to join me! I'll get the group started mid-week so that we can start prepping for success!

Bandage, gauze, tape, and tegaderm FREE for three first time since May! (It only took four months, one week, and six days. ๐Ÿ˜œ) Excuse my toothpaste-flecked mirror.
#BRCA #previvor #mastectomy #doublemastectomy #salpingectomy #oophorectomy #salpingooophorectomy #IDIDIT!

Saw this card today and wished I had it 2 years ago at my surgery. It made me smile. #brca #brca1 #ovaries #oophorectomy

The Lord made me a mom and its so much fun. I never regret the pain I have had with my endometriosis. But now with surgery booked next week I finally see the end in sight of living #withoutpain #endometriosisawareness #oophorectomy happening next Wednesday

Two new articles on our website. How to Pick a Dr and Women Who Canโ€™t Use Hrt #surgicalmenopause #surmeno #oophorectomy #hysterectomy #hrt #hormonebalance #hormonereplacementtherapy #thesurmenoconnection

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