I Need Surgery Again- Life/Health Update

I wasn’t going to write this blog post. In fact, I wasn’t even planning to tell anyone except close friends and family as I felt maybe I should keep this private, but I felt like a bit of a fraud because I have been an open book with my entire health journey this year and the reality of the situation is that it is not over for me just yet.

Last month, I had an operation to remove an ovarian cyst, my left ovary and fallopian tube. During surgery, they removed a very large cyst of which they drained 8 litres of fluid from- The damage caused me to lose my left ovary and fallopian tube. At the time of surgery, they did not know what kind of cyst this was so they sent it off for biopsy. I had my six week check up yesterday and they revealed the results of the biopsy.

Borderline Ovarian Tumour

They discovered that it was in fact a Borderline Ovarian Tumour (BOC) which is also known as borderline ovarian cancer HOWEVER this term is being disputed as it is not the same thing as cancer. If you do not know what this is, a borderline ovarian tumour is best described as what it is not. Ordinary ovarian cancer is when cells grow uncontrollably on the surface of the ovary and spread to other organs. Although a BOC arises from the same type of cells on the ovary, the growth is much more controlled and they are normally not able to invade other tissues. For this reason, most doctors do not like to refer to it as borderline ovarian cancer and instead call it a tumour as it behaves in a much less aggressive way and rarely spreads beyond the ovary. As I have had that tumour removed, the risk of it coming back is very small.

The good news is that I do not have cancer. However, I do now need a further operation and will be monitored every three to four months for the next few years as I am at risk of the tumour coming back. This risk is very small, however because they conserved my right ovary due to my age, they want to be extra careful. It is not just to monitor whether the tumour comes back or not, but it is also to make sure my ovary functions okay and that my fertility is okay. If the tumour does grow back, it is very, very rare for it to develop in to an aggressive form of cancer, however everything they are doing now is just to be safe.

Why I Need Surgery  Again

The operation I will be having is to remove my appendix. Thankfully, they can do this via key hole surgery so I will not have to have major open surgery again! They are removing my appendix because sometimes BOC’S can stem from a tumour in the appendix, so it is simply being done as a precaution. It is quite frustrating that I need a second surgery, however it is the best option for me and my health. Unlike before, I should only be in hospital for one day which is great as although they really looked after me whilst I stayed in hospital, I felt quite stressed and couldn’t wait to get home.

The Future?

The doctors and my surgeon felt the best thing for me would be to conserve my right ovary so that I still function the same way and can have children. They have recommended to me that once I do have children or make the decision, I should have my other ovary removed. Right now, I am deciding to keep my other ovary however if the tumour should ever come back, I will have everything removed.

Right now, my main priority is staying as healthy as possible. I am now following a 100% plant based vegan diet and am starting to go to the gym regularly. I am trying to just be happy and enjoy life. Since my last operation, I felt so happy, like a new person! This news about my health is just a little bump in the road and I will get through it just like I did before. I do feel stressed and a little upset, but overall I feel grateful to be in my current state of health. I am lucky and I remind myself constantly that things could be a lot worse which really helps me come to terms with all of this.

Yes, it is hard. It is emotionally draining, but I am a strong person and I am so, so grateful for everything that has got me to where I am today. I knew that this process would be a bit of a long one, but I am just going to take things one day at a time and just be happy. Right now, I am healthy. I am happy and although I am stressed, I feel so lucky.

I wanted to be open and honest about this because since I posted my last blog post and video, I had so many women around my age contact me who were going through something similar and it made it feel so much less isolating and I genuinely believe that it helped not just them, but me also. I do not feel keeping this private will benefit me or anyone going through something similar so I will continue to be honest and open about my journey.

That is it for today! Life can be a bitch, but life is still a beautiful thing that should be enjoyed. I refuse to be beaten down by this situation and I encourage you to meet each day with a smile and count your blessings even in difficult times. Thank you for reading and I will write again soon. 

xox

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