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    SouthernMom asked a questionCervical Cancer

    Hysterectomy Questions

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      iluvmykids

      I just had this surgery June 12, so I am 7 weeks post op. I was very apprehensive about the surgery, but really didn't need to be. I agree with other posters, was really very minimal pain, discomfort, etc. I have a desk job, so I went back to work in two weeks for a few hours every day, I mostly got tired fast. You will be told not to lift over 5 lbs - and you won't be bending over much for a little while. The only thing that can or will be an issue is bowel movements - your doctor will give you stool softeners, be sure to take them (I took 2-3 a day) and that helped a lot. I am now off all restrictions and am trying to get back into my exercise program, I feel really good and back to normal. Good luck and God bless!

      about 4 years ago
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      hogfan03

      I had a radical hysterectomy in February with the da Vinci. Took everything but my ovaries. I stayed overnight in the hospital which is standard for the laparoscopic surgery. Expect to have help around the house for several weeks because you can't lift anything heavy and you will feel tired. My sister still gives me a hard time bc she had to help me put my socks on five days after surgery bc I could not bend over. I went back to work one week after surgery for half days but I also was able to work from home on a computer and I was on an airplane headed to South Africa five weeks later for work. Expect to wear very loose clothing for at least six weeks or longer. Lots of sweat pants and t-shirts, and loose nightgowns for me. Also kept a robe or housecoat on when company came over to check on me. Keep walking as much as you can, they will get you up to walk at the hospital that afternoon or night. It does help with the gas they pump into your stomach. If you take the painkillers definitely take the stool softners and I also took MOM for the constipation. Also I had a hard time sleeping on my back so I slept in a recliner for about five days after my sleepless first night home. I am a wimp when it comes to needles and pain but I handled this pretty good. Good luck and your in my prayers.

      about 4 years ago
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      Ydnar2xer

      I had a hysterectomy years ago, due to other "female issues", and it was one of my best surgeries EVER! I took all of my "feminine supplies", put them in a Nordstrom's box and gave it to my best friend. She got a kick out of it, but I was the one who never needed them again! Ah, FREEDOM! :-)

      about 4 years ago
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    SouthernMom asked a questionCervical Cancer

    early remission

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      HearMeRoar

      Congrats girlfriend!! Claim your blessing is what I gotta say :). My twin sis had ovarian cancer at 35. She was declared.cancer free after 3 months instead of 6 as they expected. My cancer is.different. My blood work has always been normal, and after surgery and scans there is no evidence of cancer. Chemo and rads are being used as the clean up crew. Congrats again!

      over 4 years ago
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      SunnyCloud

      By the end of my planned 3 month treatment the cancer was gone. I guess it depends on where it is and how advanced it is.

      over 4 years ago
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      LindaParker

      That is awesome, wowsome news!!!! So very happy for you and your family. Stay well.

      over 4 years ago
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    Early biopsy results = no cancer cells found. Cancer, consider your butt kicked!

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    • NanaL's Avatar
      NanaL

      So happy for you!!! Keep up the fight! You are awesome!!!

      over 4 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar
      Mel

      That is excellent news!! yay... :)

      over 4 years ago
    • LMM's Avatar
      LMM

      God is good. So happy for you and your family.

      over 4 years ago
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    SouthernMom asked a questionCervical Cancer

    just wanted to share a happy moment :)

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      Ydnar2xer

      Isn't six a great age? I love kids that age, because they have an unquenchable curiosity and interest in life! We could all learn something from them. :-)

      over 4 years ago
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      SueRae1

      What a wonderful way to spend the day. Thank you for sharing your happiness

      over 4 years ago
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      KateMarie

      Thank you for sharing your story. I'm so happy you were able to truly enjoy the day!

      over 4 years ago
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    SouthernMom asked a questionCervical Cancer

    work required documentation

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      Sileigh

      Also, I hope everything works out for the best on the easiest path possible.

      over 4 years ago
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      CAS1

      The below answers are correct. Do you have an employee handbook? If this issue is not in the handbook as a rule or requirment you do not have to comply. And I would be suspicious of any company putting this requirment in a handbook as in most states it would not be allowed. Was this request verbal or in writing? Check with your States employment office and see if you can get any information on your rights in your state.
      And on the other hand I would always caution anyone to speak of their cancer at their place of employment because if you have taked about your cancer to numerous people, in public, I think that can impact your right to privacy in this setting. Even check with the ACS office or other support groups as they might have attorneys who offer free advise.
      Be careful and the best of luck.

      over 4 years ago
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      Clyde

      CAS1 is so right about keeping your cancer private if possible. I work in PR (the hobby job--the farm is the bread and butter) and would lose almost every client I have if they knew of my diagnosis. No one wants cancer boy presenting their products, even if he doesn't show any symptoms.

      While it may be illegal and unethical to fire someone for an illness, there are so many ways around the issue and we have to protect ourselves.

      over 4 years ago