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I never thought I’d be awake during my hysterectomy – Jill’s story

Hi I’m 53 years old and have three children, here’s my hysterectomy story. After giving birth to my second and third children in 1999 and 2005, I had problems with my pelvic floor and had received NHS physio sessions to improve it, which it did a bit. In my late forties I took up running after discovering the NHS Couch to 5K and loved it. 

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The tale of a worrier – Louise’s story

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. Having said that, I was relatively calm (for me) in the weeks leading up to the surgery. I’m not sure why; maybe because I knew it was needed.

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Through Difficult Times – Light, Debbie’s story

To set the scene, I should explain two things – one, although I am only 52, my husband, in his sixties, lives with Alzheimer’s disease and, for myself, I have had some periods in life with quite serious mental illness, most notably a post puerperal psychosis following the birth of our son, now 16. These two things together meant that the time of my operation was never going to be easy.

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A long time coming – Anne’s story

I got married aged 22 and, like many couples, we hoped to start a family when we were settled. So after a few years on the pill we decided to try for a baby. After a couple of years I went to my GP because there was no hint of a pregnancy. Then followed several years of visits to the gynae clinic in my local hospital, undergoing tests and infertility treatment, including surgery to unblock my Fallopian tubes and to remove ovarian cysts.

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