Nitty-gritty!

 

01Hello loves, it is about time we got to really understand this very common condition that is becoming a nightmare even to younger ladies like us.

Fibroids are non-cancerous (benign) tumors that grow from the muscle layers of the uterus (womb).They are also known as uterine fibroids, myomas, or fibromyomas (the singular of uterine fibroids is uterine fibroma). Fibroids are growths of smooth muscle and fibrous tissue. Fibroids can vary in size, from that of a bean to as large as a melon.

 

Fibroids affect at least 20% of all women at some time during their life. Women aged between 30 and 50 are the most likely to develop fibroids but can also occur at a much younger age like us. Research shows that by age 50, 70% of white women and 80% of black women are diagnosed with uterine fibroids. A large number of these women have no symptoms, but many women in their 30s and 40s do.

It is unclear why fibroids develop, but several factors may influence their formation, such as;

Hormones

Estrogen and progesterone are the hormones produced by the ovaries. They cause the uterine lining to regenerate during each menstrual cycle and may stimulate the growth of fibroids.

Family History

Fibroids may run in the family. If your mother, sister, or grandmother has a history of this condition, you may develop it as well.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy increases the production of estrogen and progesterone in your body. Fibroids may develop and grow rapidly while you are pregnant.

 

Women suffer in silence with symptoms like;

heavy bleeding between or during your periods that includes blood clots

pain in the pelvis and/or lower back

increased menstrual cramping

frequent urination

pain during intercourse

menstruation that lasts longer than usual

pressure or fullness in the lower abdomen

swelling or enlargement of the abdomen

Back pain

Anemia due to excess blood loss

Fatigue

Problems conceiving and difficult pregnancies

That is all for today,we hope that was quite informational and will help someone out there.We Care!

It Was Like a Movie!

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Hey guys, it’s Brooke* here… Weeks after my diagnosis, my mind was on a whirlwind because I was on the denial stage. I couldn’t believe this was happening to me at such a young age and I  felt stranded and confused on the next step I was to take, but all I  knew from the little research I had done is that  I  had to make some major lifestyle changes before I  figured out the way forward.
The only people who knew about what I was going through were my parents and a close doctor friend. My younger sister came to stay with me for a while but I did not feel the need to open up to her because I felt that she wouldn’t understand.
I had really thought whether to open up to Angie* about my diagnosis but I was afraid that she wouldn’t get it too and she would just tell me that it would be OK like everyone else.

One day I went to see Angie* and as we were catching up, I had a deep urge to talk to her about fibroids but I  choose the “asking for a Friend” approach  so that I  could hear what she thought about this whole thing. The moment I started talking, she seemed caught off guard like she wasn’t expecting me to bring something of that sort up.

She asked me why I  was asking and if I had them  and I couldn’t lie,just found myself opening up to her and to my shock she exclaimed that she had  them too!!! Can u imagine!  That was the perfect bitter-sweet moment because we just found out that we were going through the same damn thing in silence while we would have had each other’s shoulder to lean on.

We get to talk about everything we are going through, share information and encourage each other. I must admit this whole issue feel way lighter in my heart knowing that I have someone who I can open up to and understands exactly what I am saying. We hope to encourage someone who feels like they are alone in this because we know exactly how that feels. 😉

Reflections!

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Hey. Angie here. Its the September already!  I am seated on my couch thinking about how much my life has changed this year. The latest event yet being my fibroid diagnosis.

I have had a spectrum of emotional variations since then, but I must say that my outlook of life in general is transforming at a rate that I could never have imagined.

The week after my doctor’s visit I basically laid low on every aspect of my life. I made the decision to take a breather and re-evaluate my life, as is usually the case whenever we as humans encounter misfortune.

As a young adult I never really gave myself a chance to critically think about my life, and my health. It was always something I pushed to the back of my mind because I imagined that it would become a valid issue, probably when 1 hit 30, or 35 yrs.

!!!But here i am, 25 years old, living with scary benign tumors in my reproductive system!!!

Before making any rush decisions,  I had to think about my emotional well being. I knew that  I needed to talk to someone, and somehow I convinced myself that telling any of my close friends wasn’t such a good idea. I did talk to my mom and my boyfriend, but I didn’t mention anything to Brooke*. Not knowing that she had had that particular diagnosis, in the same time period that I did!

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Melancholy Much!

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It was a chilly Monday morning, woke up feeling all types of weird. It was the second day of my period and my lower left side of the abdomen had sharp pain. I contemplated whether to go to work or not but considering how I was feeling I knew it was about time I went to the Doctor.

I got ready and visited my regular doctor and explained my symptoms to him which was the weird lump on my lower abdomen. He directed me to the radiologist to get a scan done and got the results immediately, the mass was quite big in size but she couldn’t not really tell what it was, by that time I was too nervous and could not even think straight. My doctor handed me a referral letter to a specialist where I was to undergo an MRI scan which would give more insight on the mass.

I got to the referral hospital and the procedure was quite elaborate, I honestly didn’t know this is how my day would be like when I woke up. I did blood tests, injections and drips in my hand and even change of attire into appropriate garment for the procedure.I remember being asked to remove my earrings since nothing metallic was allowed in the machine and I must admit that was the lowest moment of my life in a very long time.

The procedure took a long nerve-wrecking 45 minutes, time has never moved so slowly before! I was getting home at 2200 hrs feeling sad, confused and my emotions were all over the place, just wanted the night to end so that I could get my results the following day.

I had no prior experience or information on fibroids so when I got the results my heart sank and I was shook especially because the size was quite big. I informed my parents and they assured me everything would be fine but the next couple of days were the most depressing I have ever had and my stress levels were alarming!

Brooke*

Oh Hell No!

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This is Angie* and I would like to share my story .Am not sure how it all started, but I remember not giving my symptoms any attention. I felt the hard mass on my lower abdomen several months ago. It was pretty noticeable in the morning, but I went ahead and ignored it because it was a very busy time in my life and I hate making trips to the gynae’s office,so I figured it would go away after a while.

One day, while preparing for my post-graduate exams I got to talk to one of my senior classmates, I honestly can’t explain how this happened to be at that particular time. She told me how she was diagnosed with fibroids a couple of years ago, went through a myomectomy, and the fibroids grew back again! pretty disappointing yah?

This got me thinking. I started researching on the fibroid issue intensely, and came out with basically nothing on its risk factors except the usual ‘genetics’ and ‘hormone imbalance’ narrative which I already knew.

Months after the hard mass on my lower abdomen wasn’t disappearing.I decided to go for an ultrasound and confirmed my worst fear. I was diagnosed with fibroids, and the size of them was frankly very frightening!

Weird Bump! Ow man!

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Hmm this is Brooke*  and I’d  like to share how it got to my attention.So one night,roughly one month before I was diagnosed, I woke up in the middle of the night  pressed like crazy and  as I was getting off my bed to go relieve myself I felt a quite elaborate bump right below my belly button that freaked me the hell out. I lay back in bed and started feeling my stomach and wondered if I was pregnant,amidst that thought I remembered that I had my period like a week ago and I  was super relieved.

I went to the loo and after relieving myself the bump completely disappeared but I couldn’t shake away the thoughts of what might be wrong. The next day, when I got to the office I buried my head in the internet trying to get answers about this weird lump but all I got was loads of literature on scary things  and I got so worried.I  decided to visit a nearby chemist which had a kind-faced attendant to inquire whether this was common but she assured me that it was nothing serious.Honestly,this calmed my nerves so much and I went about my day to day activities pretty much OK because I was not experiencing any pain or discomfort.I  had  my cousin’s wedding to plan which involved travelling as well  over the next few weeks so I had all the distraction I needed to forget about it and life went on as usual.

Welcome Lovies! whoop! whoop!

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My name is Brooke*,My Bestfriend  Angie* and I  are going to share our experiences on the fibroids journey which we were recently diagnosed with.It has been crazy but the upside is that we are going through it together so making it waaay easier.We hope to help someone out there who feels helpless and get useful insights along the way. Welcome y’all hunnies to this journey where together we gonna crush this nightmare! yipee! 🙂