Friday, April 26, 2013

My Incurable Disease

I've been down and out this last week recovering from "minor" surgery on Tuesday.  I am finally feeling somewhat normal this evening, praise the Lord!  As a result of this surgery and biopsy done, my doctors have concluded that I have endometriosis.

Over the last 3 years I have had cervical pain that has progressively gotten more intense.  A few months ago I talked it over with a specialists who suggested it might be endometrisosis.  This is a condition where some of the cells in the lining of the uterus start growing outside of the uterus.  They respond to hormones the same as they would inside the uterus and can therefore cause pain and bleeding.  The only way to truly confirm that this is the case is by laparoscopy, a surgical procedure where a camera is used to look inside the abdominal cavity.   This is what I had done on Tuesday morning and the doctors did find two "spots" of endometriosis growth, which they cauterized.

The good news is that we caught it very early, stage 1.  After this procedure there is a 40% chance of reaccurance within 5 years, but my pain level was very manageable if it does come back.  With this knowledge, we have decided to do nothing.  The other reasonable option is birth control pills to block some of the estrogen hormones, hopefully slowing the growth of more endometriosis- but I do not care for the side effects and idea of synthetic hormones in my body.

I am thankful for the prayers of friends and family through this, and support during this week of recovery.  I look forward to getting back to normal, and being pain free!

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