Total hysterectomy after endometrial cancer – Jay’s Story

I felt I had to write this after reading so many negative stories about other people’s hysterectomies. I know many women do have a hard time after the op, but not everyone does. Many say it’s the bet thing that happened to them.

I had painful, frequent and heavy periods most of my life, but always hated ‘doctor stuff’ so put up with it knowing it would end one day anyway. I had an uneventful and welcome menopause, and thought all my problems were over for about three years, then I started bleeding again. A reluctant trip to the GP led to scans, biopsies, and the endometrial cancer diagnosis. I had a total hysterectomy (with all the trimmings) a few weeks later, and have never felt better in my life. I was in hospital for only 48 hours, was glued back together – no external stitches, had a speedy recovery and was swimming, cycling, and hill walking within weeks. My lower half is more comfortable than it’s ever been!

To anyone who is dreading their hysterectomy – don’t. Yes, you will be sore and tired at first, but it passes. It’s not always bad news.
Be positive, know that it’s for the best, give yourself time to recover and get your strength back, and unless you’re one of the unlucky ones, you will get a new lease of life.


in my own words book coverNow available on our online store and all other online book store’s. In My Own Words: Women’s Experience of Hysterectomy is full of many other real-life stories from women the world over.

Other people’s stories help women feel less isolated. They show that they aren’t going mad, missing the point or stupid.

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  1. Good post. It’s helpful to read something like this because so many of the personal stories on the web are about people having a tough time. While I’m glad there’s a way for people to connect and to share their troubles, it’s scary to go into surgery having only heard the very worst. When I got my cancer diagnosis a friend (breast cancer survivor) told me to avoid reading about it online because it can stress you out as a patient. After a quick look around I took her advice. And here I am four weeks out and I feel good. I’m tired by the end of the day but I’m working, going for walks, sleeping well and almost back to “real life.” I’ve even added some light exercises with a stretchy band — but I’m milking the no housework angle for as long as I can. Thanks for the post & all the best!