Sometimes the hardest decision and the right decision are the same thing. Today I had to make one of the toughest and scariest decisions of my entire life, one that no other 27-year-old should ever have to make. At 15:45 this afternoon, I was approved for surgery, but the decision was made by both me and the consultant not to have not it. Both my Fallopian tubes were removed though, due to severe bilateral Hydrosalpinx that is not reversible because I had both my Fallopian tubes completely reconstructed four years ago.
Despite being told that my scans were normal, I knew that this was exactly what was causing my pain, but no one ever wants to listen until it’s too late. I will never be able to get pregnant naturally and only qualify for one round of IVF. The consultant said that the pain I’m experiencing with the Hydrosalpinx is equivalent to having two ectopic pregnancies. If you can’t even imagine what that pain feels like, just know it’s excruciating!
It has taken me a lot of courage to write this post, as I was seriously debating telling anyone and keeping it a secret until after I had the surgery. I know that not everyone will fully support my decision and judge me, but this is my life, and I’m the only one who has control over it. I’m going to be having surgery in four to six months’ time, depending on the waiting list. The consultant is very impressed with my weight loss and fully supports my decision and thinks it’s the right thing to do. I wasn’t pressured into doing anything that I didn’t want to. It’s a big smile and thumbs up for surgery, but I’m feeling a bit, well, you can guess about the rest…
Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.