“You have some huge fibroids,” the radiologist technician said to me, which was the moment I started my fibroid journey.
Two weeks later, my doctor confirmed the technician’s findings.
Before all this, I was a healthy 26-year old woman. The only thing I suffered from was terrible cramps and always cured it by popping a lot of ibuprofen, cuddling up with my heating pad, and sleeping.
But the months leading up to my doctor’s diagnosis, things had taken a turn for the worse. My face began breaking out in horrible cysts. I suffered from horrible night sweats. I was unable to lose abdominal weight (I looked three months pregnant) and experienced super heavy bleeding, all with debilitating cramps.
My doctor finally put a name to the face of a disease that was wrecking my world.
The Mayo Clinic defines fibroids as, “noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years.”
But that definition doesn’t even scratch the surface of what would end up happening to me.
Following that doctor appointment, my life went downhill. It was as if my body was giving up on me. I could no longer eat or drink certain things. The smallest foods, like a mini pulled pork sandwich, landed me in a hospital at 3 AM with debilitating pains. I was even prescribed Oxycodone, which I was hesitant to take, because of the number of people who become addicted.
I was a liability, while at my job. I could never tell when I would be in pain, and so I began bringing my heating pad and ibuprofen with me to every shift. Some days I would have to leave work early or not come in at all. My employer was understanding, but I’m a hard worker and truly despise letting people down.
Having fibroids was the loneliest of lonely feelings because most people don’t know what they are and don’t understand the amount of pain one goes through. At one point, I was on my menstrual cycle for a month straight, which landed me in the hospital for an overnight stay, and I had to have a blood transfusion because my hemoglobin was a 6.4.
Finally, my nightmare of a fibroid journey ended on July 8th, but not without complications in pre-op and in the operation room.
When I arrived at the hospital on surgery day, I was told I would need another blood transfusion. Then my doctor came in and realized that my fibroid had grown. They would no longer be able to do the laparoscopic procedure. Instead, it would have to be an open myomectomy. I began crying because with a laparoscopic procedure a shorter recovery time was needed and there would be less scarring as well.
After surgery, I learned that while my doctor was working on me, he found a five-pound mass tumor and had to call an oncologist to remove the tumor, in order to test it for cancer. That tumor was so big, my right ovary was damaged to the point that it had to be removed. The next four days I stayed in the hospital recovering. I was in so much pain.
Now I’m three weeks post-op, taking it like a champ, and staying positive about my future.
I share my story with the hopes that if you’re a woman who is experiencing a painful menstrual cycle, please know that it is not normal. For years, I had doctors fail to take me seriously about the amount of pain I was experiencing. You know your body better than anybody on this planet – to fight for it!
This feature was submitted by Meaghan Taylor
Meaghan Taylor, CEO and President of Women In Radio.
As an alumna of the Florida A&M University, Meaghan began her broadcast career at the colleges’ radio station, WANM 90.5FM. As the official voice of the drive-time slot, where she developed a loyal fan base through her eclectic ear for current talent, staying abreast of trends, and living up to her moniker as “the sweetest on the radio.” Meag prides herself on being the voice of the new generation while paying homage and respect to those who came before her. She enjoys being active in her community and mentoring and empowering girls to express their true voice. She now lives in Miami, Fl where she works as a producer for iHeart Radio’s 610 WIOD and teaches social media classes at The Connecticut School of Broadcasting’s Miami campus. Meag recently founded Women In Radio, an organization for the support and advancement of women in the radio industry.
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