Two Abs and Fibroids No More
On May 1st, 2023, I had five fibroids, ranging in size, removed at Ascension St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL by Dr. Tomeka Roberts.
Surprisingly enough, I remember that Monday very, very well.
My surgery was super early. I made it to the hospital just before 5 am.
The night before, I remember still being extremely alert around 10 pm, as if I didn’t have a huge day ahead.
At that moment, none of that matter, I think I was silently anxious and just didn’t know how to process that anxiety at the time.
Now that I think back to the days leading up to surgery, I was fine UNTIL that Sunday. It was something about that Sunday before surgery that had all the emotions piling in.
Literally ALL AT ONCE, it was almost uncontrollable.
Sunday as I packed, I started to cry.
Sunday as I dropped off my dogs, I started to cry.
Even now, as I reflect on that time, my eyes are beginning to swell and that, is something I cannot explain nor describe.
In regard to surgery, everything went well.
I’ve had zero complications, everything is healing well, my body is slowly but surely bouncing back, and overall, I feel good.
I’m not exactly surely why I got so emotional when initially reflecting on that time, but I am grateful to be on the other side of it and to be WELL.
I will continue to share my experience as I transition back to my normal routine.
As of today, June 10th, I am moving around well, my appetite is good, I can sleep comfortably, and I go on walks until I am cleared to return to the gym.
I imagine getting back into the gym and relearning my body will be another hill to climb, but I am glad I made this decision.
I understand that the decision may not alleviate me of certain things, but I trust that God will continue to carry me though.
My life is already a miracle and I’m confident that God will blow my mind with this too. I stand with the expectation that my story with fibroids will end here.
I stand with expectancy that God fully heals my body of this unknown thing that plagues women of color.
I had no idea how those fibroids were affecting my quality of life until they were removed.
On the surface, I told myself the bladder frequency wasn’t enough to choose surgery but ultimately, my confidence took a big hit as well.
The fibroids were something I had become accustomed to living with, so it was difficult for me to see that they were causing any underlying problems.
Now that I can look back, I see that the fibroids caused heavy periods, frequency urination, the inability to lose weight, major hormone imbalances, extreme PMS and bloating, and a lack of confidence due to the size of my stomach.
I made jokes more than once about my stomach, but it was something I had begun to struggle with.
I could never wrap my mind around having made significant diet changes + gym consistency yet the scale only went up, never down, and no, it wasn’t muscle.
Since surgery, I am now down 11 lbs. Although, my doctor said the fibroids weighed about 3 lbs., I have in fact lost 11 lbs. over the last 40 days.
And, as you’ve guessed, yes, it is primarily from my abdomen area.
Until Next Time,
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