Kim Childress (45) lives in Lansing, Michigan and is a children’s book editor. With a cocktail of uterine problems plaguing her since age 22, she underwent not one, but two surgeries. Being a close college friend, Kim contacted me when the decision to get a hysterectomy was upon her. It was a very emotional conversation, and I applaud her for her courage and strength. Here is her story:
I had a long history of problems that started with a cyst that ruptured one of my ovaries at age 22. Then later I developed endometriosis, fibroids, and 21-day periods appearing every three weeks. It was the constant pain and on-going problems that made me decide to have surgery.
Psychologically I was a mess. I had a hard time accepting that season of my life as being over. Even though I already had four children, I would have had more. It was not meant to be, and I became very depressed and angry with God.
After surgery, I developed a pocket of infection that required a second surgery to drain the infection. Because of endometriosis, I had a full [radical] hysterectomy, so my ovaries were also removed. Instant menopause!
I sat on my magic ring for first couple days. It’s like a little inner tube you carry around. Yoga pants, and exercise to help the recovery and depression. Sometimes the underwear would constrict the tops of my legs, so I went “commando” whenever it felt badly.
Advice to other women: Don’t rush. Get multiple opinions. If you get to the point where, say, you’re bleeding all the time (I would have heavy bleeding after intercourse for the entire year pre-surgery) know it’s ok [to have surgery].
Now I am able to look back and realize how much pain I was in every single day. I didn’t realize how bad it was till the pain was gone. Also, the hysterectomy helped with hormone imbalances, so my migraines improved. If you’re someone with hormone imbalances, be aware that you can have imbalances in the future, which I recently discovered.
Overall it helped my physical health. Mentally, though I know it was for the better, it was harder for me.
Thanks to Kim for sharing her personal story. I know her relationship with God is strong and family life flourishing as her oldest son Paul is graduating from high school. Please share your experience or support for Kim in the comments below.
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