It's the first time I've written a Blog on here,but i have noticed there are a lot of Blogs and Questions about Cancers of various types.
In October 2012 I was diagnosed with 'Endometrial Cancer'. I had never heard of it before, in simple terms it's 'Womb Cancer'. Needless to say I was devastated, as I had had Leukaemia when I was 11 so i never expected to ever get Cancer again. I am now 36.
I want to make everyone aware of this type of Cancer as it is not really 'out there' for women to know about.
Prior to me being diagnosed I had had problem Periods from day 1. They were heavy, extremely painful and ruined my life basically. In the past 3 years or so I had been back and forth to the Doctors and had been given Tranexamic Acid, and Various pills with different levels of hormones in them to try and help. They didn't. I was also experiencing extreme cramping pains in my Pelvic area which had me doubled up in pain. Again I was back at the Doctors who then, 1 year later referred me to the Gynae Dept at my local hospital. Again over another 18 months or so, I was given more and more pills, and a couple of Ultrasound Scans. I said I was at the end of my tether by this time and asked for an alternative treatment, which I was told would be the Mirena Coil. I didn't want this as I wasn't comfortable with having something inside me and that i already had enough problems inside my body and if that didn't suit me it would have to come out anyway. I then asked to have a Hysterectomy but was told that my BMI was too high, so I asked what the other option was, which was an 'Endometrial Ablation'. This procedure involves a small abllon being inserted vaginall into the womb and filled with hot liquid to coterise the womb lining. It is painless and usually involves going into hospital to a day surgery when you can go home a couple of hours after. I went into hospital for this a week later, where a Biopsy was taken during the procedure. I was then sent home, and a week later I was called back to the hospital, and that is when I was diagnosed with 'Endometrial Cancer'. I had a full abdominal hysterectomy, with my womb, ovaries and tubes being removed. I am 36 and have no children.
If I hadn't have pushed for an alternative to Pills and the Coil, I may have found out about the Cancer too late. I was Lucky.
*******MY SYMPTOMS : SEVERE PELVIC CRAMPING
EXTREMELY HEAVY & PAINFUL PERIODS
BLEEDING IN BETWEEN PERIODS
LOSS OF APPETITE
I wanted to post this to help other women, and hope that medical investigations are taken more seriously and that people aren't just passed from pill to pill etc.