Best thing I ever did! – Bernadette’s Story

I am 48 yr old and am 31/2 weeks post op – I had a total vaginal hysterectomy for fibroids. I was terrified of the op – being an ex nurse, all I could think of was what could go wrong! I joined this organisation and prepared by reading as much as possible.

The week before the Op I increased my activity levels and took vitamin C and drank lots water. I had protein drinks pre op as part of an ” enhanced recovery” programme.

I felt so calm on the day of the Op – after 4 months of Zoladex to shrink my fibroids- I felt it was time to move forward. Luckily the surgeon managed to do vaginal Op but he said my fibroid was huge- it was size of 14 week pregnancy despite Zoladex! The feeling of relief was enormous when I woke up – I could feel so much more room in my abdomen!!

I recovered well – I put this down to being calm and relaxed, drinking as much water as I could and eating natural yoghurt and drinking peppermint tea. I took painkillers when offered but honestly – the pain I experienced from periods and going to the toilet pre-op was much worse than post op. I no longer felt worry – trusted that getting rid of the football fibroid was a positive thing!! Friends and family say I’ve never looked better!! I am resting lots, drinking litre and half water every day, peppermint tea is amazing for wind, fruit and yoghurt are helping with bowels.

I found that the book from here really helped – you crave advice post op as you’re kind of on your own! I have given away the stacks of tampons I had and cannot believe I will never ever have another dreadful period!!! Yippee !!

Looking forward to buying white jeans!!!

The future looks so much better…


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  1. Hi Bernadette I’m Helen post total abdominal hysterectomy myself at 34 February this year. For same reasons and more. I’m glad your feeling better. People started commenting how much colour had come back to my face. I experience some minor issues now, honestly they are worth more than coughing and bleeding heavily. Thank you for sharing your story. I like to hear positive ones. Makes you also believe your not alone. So many women were there when I was, some younger than me. Such a shame how much more these issues are coming to the surface.
    When I had mine, I just focused on positive things, no children and never will have, I have to weigh that out. I was determined that this won’t bring me down. So I took those steps a day after. Then more after that. There’s was no point lying there feeling sorry for myself. If I did not come off the morphine next morning and move, it would have been worse for me in the long run.
    I hope your still on the road to recovery.
    Thankyou for sharing

    Helen xx