I'd like start out with a big THANK YOU to everyone for taking to time to read this and dropping me lines of support.
This is exactly what I have been needing. So many of you have been reaching out and sharing your stories, it means soooo much to me.
It's been really hard to come out in the open about this. There is this false belief I've been carrying around: I'm a yoga teacher...I should be uber healthy...I can't tell people something is wrong!! What will they think?!.
Of course I know that "what people think" doesn't really matter, but since I arrived to Las Vegas I have been working hard to prove that I am a good yoga teacher dedicated to my practice and my students etc. The thought of moving backwards in that process has been pretty daunting. But ultimately I'm human...the human body manifests things that we must deal with and it's never perfect.
Along this ride I've realized that women struggling with these issues need a platform, support...somehow come together and share. If doctors say this is so common, then why have so many of us (myself included) never heard of this before?
I've been wanting to do a workshop geared for women dealing with endometriosis, ovarian cysts and fibroid tumors. There are gentle poses and of course pranayama (breathing exercises ) that can help.
I have also been taking Yarrow in tea form and I need to restock Cramp Bark, a tincture that is added to water and helps with cramping muscles.
In mentioning the great doctor I am working with. I dug up a video I found of her last fall. The main doctor, Dr. Volker operated on my mom 4 years ago. Turns out not only are they the best in town, but I'm soooo lucky to be working with a team of people that focus specifically on minimally invasive surgery. Here's the video if you are interested, my doctor is Dr. Pedroso:
The clinic also has a facebook page, the page has pictures of the robot they use to operate with. Apparently this is cutting edge technology and the robot allows the surgeons to operate with more precision that with human hand wielding the knife.
In case you are interested or know someone else in a similar situation I do recommend this clinic. They have been amazing, my doctor does not walk out the door until ALL of my questions are answered. I feel really good about working with them. Here's the fb page:
Here's a picture of the robot...pretty crazy:
So there it is! I've done a lot of research and the success rate for this type of surgery is about 80%, I hope I fall in that higher percentage.
Also a friend asked if this would take away my ability to have children. The answer is: this should help.
Women with fibroids can have children, sometimes the fibroids grow and can twist and be painful. In other women the fibroids don't interfere at all.
In extreme cases the fibroids will grow along with the baby, I read about a case where the fibroid grew as large as the fetus and eventually baby ran out of room and the mother's health was in serious risk. She miscarried, but lived.
It's possible that I can become pregnant after this and more than likely will need a C-section. When the uterus has a deep scar it may burst during child birth, so it's best to have a C-section in that situation.
Of course that is still a ways away, but I'm researching everything because I'd like to...someday..have a baby..or two :)
I'm scared, but also grateful. I know I'm in good hands and people have come out of the woodwork to show their love and support. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Love and light, namaste.
Seasoned Yogini, Massage Therapist, Dancer, Lover and Animals, the divine feminine and so much more!! This blog contains my musings, stories of challenges, inspiration and the other things that make me human in this realm. NAMASTE