6 Month Post-Op Update

 I debated about even writing up this post because I'm honestly worried that my readers are sick of hearing about my health!  I know I was getting that way!

But it dawned on me last Friday that it has been 6 months since I had my hysterectomy and I am happy to report that I am feeling fantastic!  Those 6 months flew right by.  


In case you aren't a long time reader of my blog I had a partial hysterectomy back at the end of September 2020.  I had been seeing my doctor for problems with uterine polyps, ovarian cysts, and uterine fibroids for over a year at that point.  They removed my fallopian tubes, uterus, and cervix. 

In December of 2019 I had a DNC outpatient procedure to remove the very large uterine polyp and by February I was back in his office telling him that hadn't done the trick.  Then the pandemic hit and everything shut down so that by the time I talked to my doctor again we both agreed a hysterectomy was my best course of action. 

I think a huge portion of why I did so well with my operation and recovery is that I wanted my surgery.  I know many women struggle with the decision to have such major surgery and I did too; at first.  But by the time the hospital was opened back up and they got around to my surgery I just could not wait to have it done.  I was in massive amounts of pain each month and so sick of feeling just awful all the time.  I also knew that I was DONE with having kids so I had no sadness over missed opportunities.  

Anyway, while my recovery wasn't always easy-- mostly because I was feeling so much better and trying to do much too much much too soon which would then land me back in bed with low grade fevers or massive body aches.  Looking back on those few months seems like it was a lifetime ago.


I feel so much better!  SO MUCH!  For the first time in my life my iron levels are normal and I don't need any sort of iron supplements.  That also means I don't feel nearly as tired and sluggish as I used to.  We have worked our way up to 2 & 3 hour hikes and the only thing that's sore at the end are my feet and legs.


I do not miss having a period at all.  I smile as I breeze right by the tampon and pad aisle and love knowing that I can't be caught unaware or unprepared again.  

I do get mild cramping each month since I still have my ovaries and they are still producing eggs (and those needed hormones!).  Without having any periods it will be nearly impossible to tell when I am officially in menopause or even going through peri- menopause but my doctors assure me we'll just go based on signs and symptoms and tackle any problems that arise as needed.  

From what I've read most ladies that have had a partial hysterectomy go through menopause within 5 years of the surgery; of course it's hard to tell if it's the surgery that causes this or the fact that most women don't have a hysterectomy until they're in their 40's and would therefor be going through "the change" within a similar time span anyway.  But for now I am good; a few hot flashes now and then but nothing I can't handle-- heck, they aren't even as bad as they were this time last year when my doctor tried me out on some birth control pills.  

I am so happy I decided to have this surgery as my quality of life has improved dramatically.  

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  1. Good to hear everything is much better for you now! Thanks so much for linking up with me at the Unlimited Monthly Link Party 23. Pinned!

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  2. I'm so glad to hear that you are feeling so much better and that in your experience, the surgery was totally worth it! I think it's important to have this update because women need to know what their experience can be like once they're through the recovery phase.

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    1. Thank you! In the end that's why I decided to share it. I rarely heard praise for hysterectomies before I had mine and it had made me quite anxious about it.

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  3. I am so glad you are feeling great! You look amazing!

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  4. I am glad you are feeling better now Joanne!

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  5. I'm so glad your surgery went smoothly and you've recovered so well. You made me smile at the comment about only your feet and legs hurting after the hikes. Just as it should be! You certainly look healthy and happy in your photo. #mmbc

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  6. This is a great update. I am glad you are doing well now. It sounds like the hysterectomy was the best thing for you. x

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  7. I enjoyed reading your update, especially since you're feeling good. Great photo of yourself too, you look proud and you should be!

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  8. Awesome Joanne- so happy for you and your health! It must be such a weight off!

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  9. I'm so happy for your surgery and the better health it brought! You are so right about getting through the recovery better knowing that you wanted the surgery. Thanks for linking up with Hello Monday! Tanya - The Other Side of the Road

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    1. It is such a relief to feel like I am finally back to my old self!

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  10. I enjoyed reading your update, Joanne. Thanks for sharing how it has been going! I can only imagine how glorious it would be to never have a period again!!! I would love the part of it for sure.

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    1. Yeah, I was pretty excited about that part!

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    1. Thank you! It has been such a relief to finally feel better.

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  12. It's a first time that I came across your blog, Joanne and learned about your surgery. Nevertheless, glad to know that all went well and you are recovering with positivity
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  13. Wow!!! 6 months? I am glad you are feeling so well. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. We appreciate your shares. They have been Tweeted Pinned. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  14. Joanne, I am so pleased to hear you are feeling so much better! I'm also really grateful you are sharing your journey. It really helps others to hear about first hand experience. Health issues like this can be so scary, and knowing someone else has gone through them and come out the other side feeling really well is so reassuring! Thank you for sharing so openly and honestly and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Community. Happy Easter!

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    1. Aw, thank you! That was a huge factor in deciding to write this post.

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  15. Joanne, I am really glad that you did decide to share this post! It is really helpful to hear how this process went for you. I begged my doctor for a hysterectomy when I had my tubes tied 5 years ago but he wouldn't do it. Once I get back into see the doctor, I do need to talk about all of my crazy hormone issues. This was super helpful for me so thank you very much for sharing your story and linking up!

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    1. I am so glad to hear it was helpful for you!

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  16. Oh I definitely appreciate the update. Not sure if I'll ever have to go through this, but its encouraging to know that it can be a positive change.

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    1. It really can. I was so scared to have this surgery and i am so so glad I did.

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