This is the story of the year I turned 28. It was life altering year and will forever stay with me. It was a year I had to make a choice to accept what I was told or fight. I chose to fight.
June: I just turned 28. Life is great, other than my body being fatigued all the time.
I'm so glad we got to celebrate your birthday today! Do you want to keep shopping?
Thanks mom! It's been great, but I think I'm ready to go home. I'm exhausted!
July: The fatigue increased and now I had pain.
I think it's time you go to the doctor. You have been feeling worn out and having pain for too long.
Hey hun, how was your run?
I had to stop I have pain in my side again and I'm still so tired. I thought summer would help me get the rest I needed.
You have fibroid tumors. They are extremely large. You'll have to have surgery and soon. I'm sorry Erin, but you're going to have to have a hysterectomy.
August: Having this surgery meant no kids. We had been married two years. It was in the plan. My life that was so great shattered before me at 28.
No, no, no I can't!. I'm only 28, we don' have kids yet! There has to be another way.
What's another doctor going to say, there's no point. She was a great surgeon.
It won't hurt to ask. I'll go with you. Please don't give up.
I think you should get a second opinion.
September: I got a second opinion. The doctor was optimistic and I had some hope restored.
I think we can help you, Erin. There is a shot that could shrink the fibroids. It will take 6 months and put you into a temporary menopause. Then you will have surgery to remove them but hopefully no hysterectomy.
Ok, if this is the only way, I want to try.
October: The shot put me into a severe menopause. The symptoms were awful!
I wish I could take it away. Want chocolate? Coffee?
I can't sleep. I'm hot and cold. I'm so tired. I feel like I'm crawling out of my skin!