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My Sister and her Myomas
Friday, March 07, 2008
My one and only sister is not so fortunate healthwise especially when it comes to her reproductive system. For one, she did not have a chance to get pregnant. After one miscarriage, she had not gotten pregnant again. And after exhausting every means, she and her husband had finally given up all artificial means. But they continued to hope that one day they can have their own.

Prior to undergoing all means to be fertile and to conceive, she already had several myomas and an ovarian cyst, and she had all these removed. On top of all these is her adenomyosis which makes everything more complicated. She would experience tremendous pain whenever she is having her monthly period.

Several months after having her myomas removed, new growths appeared. Again she was advised an operation, something which will give no more room for another pregnancy. It took us some years to convince her to undergo such an operation. It is not easy considering her past and the consequences.

Until recently, I received a text message from her saying that she is bleeding profusely. This means that she can no longer postpone the procedure. Whether she likes it or not, she have to go under the knife.

Finally she will summon to the operation, a procedure which will totally remove her uterus, ovaries, and tubes. Something which will permanently prevent her from fulfilling her dream to have her own child. As a sister, I feel her pain.

Millions of women are like her, not lucky enough to conceive, but have the extreme desire to experience one. On the other hand, lots of women were given the chance but failed to perform their task as mothers, or never wanted to be mothers at all. How ironic, isn't it?

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posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 2:49 PM   0 comments
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