I’d like to introduce Melina Druga, author of Angel of Mercy, an historical fiction novel set during the first world war. Melina is a freelance journalist, nonfiction author (with an historical fiction novel in progress) and history enthusiast. Her focus is on the period 1890-1920 with a particular interest in WW1 and how the war changed the lives of ordinary people.
My mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999 aged 72 and died shortly afterwards as it had spread. I went to my doctor and asked if I could have some sort of screening. Despite the fact there was no other family history of any type of cancer, my doctor agreed. So, each year I went for a CA125 blood test and an ultrasound scan (internal and/or external). They found that I had a cyst on one ovary but it was a normal cyst. So every year, I went and everything seemed fine and the cyst remained normal – but had grown over the last couple of years. No-one seemed concerned and thought it would go down as I am now post-menopause (59 now).
I had a very difficult birth with my only child 24 years ago, so when I first suspected I had a prolapse problem some 7 years ago, I hoped and hoped that it would just “go away”, hence the reason I lived with it for so long. I visited my GP 2 years after I realised things were not right. She diagnosed a bowel prolapse.
I’d like to introduce Sonia Frontera, author of Solve the Divorce Dilemma: Do You Keep Your Husband or Do You Post Him on Craigslist? Sonia draws from her education and vast personal and professional experience as a wife, attorney and empowerment trainer, to bring women a message of hope, possibility and joy. Sonia is a family attorney with a private practice in New Jersey.
I had my total hysterectomy recently. As far as the hysterectomy is concerned all went really well. Op stayed keyhole as planned and I seemed to be doing well. That is until the morning after when they removed my catheter and I went for my first pee.
One of the most confusing things after a hysterectomy is how to handle strange or uncomfortable symptoms that persist – especially once you’ve been told you’re all healed up.
I have suffered from heavy periods all my life. A couple of years ago, as I reached 50, my periods became almost endless, flooding and very painful. After trying the pill, tranexamic acid, iron tablets and a host of other things, and having anaemia for months I opted for an ablation. The ablation failed and I was left with heavier bleeding and more pain.
I’d like to introduce Leslie Handler, author of Rat’s, Mice and Other Things You Can’t Take to the Bank. Leslie describes herself as ‘a late bloomer’, meaning she was born at the tail end of the boomer generation. She writes memoirs and personal essays about her experience and observations of life.
I am a worrier (a phrase that you will see later became relevant !) – it’s in my nature, so you can imagine what something as significant as a sub-total abdominal hysterectomy did to the worrying part of my brain.