My Open Myomectomy

My Open Myomectomy

On June 9, 2020, I checked into the hospital to have an Open Myomectomy. After several years of inexplicable pain, which has recently been growing in intensity, my gynecologist located 2 large Fibroids on my uterus that we decided had to be surgically removed. If I can be honest, I was shook. Not about having surgery (unfortunately I’m no stranger to surgical procedures) but I was scared because of everything that was riding on this particular procedure.

Let me explain:

I’m 33 years old and I want to have children, but giving birth was something that I just figured would naturally happen. I assumed that, after I got married, my husband and I would have a discussion around getting pregnant and growing our family. It was never something I thought about regularly or really even planned for at this stage in my life. Then, all of a sudden, after a series of doctor appointments, ultrasounds, and pelvic exams, I’m being told that my ability to conceive/carry children was being threatened by the benign tumors that were growing in my uterus. My world flipped upside down immediately. I went from rarely thinking about becoming a mother, to it absolutely being the only thing on my mind.

Surgery was the last thing I wanted to do. The doctor was throwing all of this information at me about the potential risks. Risks like: scar tissue building in my uterus, difficulty conceiving, possibly needing a hysterectomy, not being able to carry to term if/when I did conceive…it was enough to make my head spin. However, she also gave me the risks of not having the surgery, and those seemed worse, not to mention if I didn’t have the surgery I would still have to deal with the original pain symptoms that drove me to the doctor in the first place.

So after a lot of internal deliberation and discussions with my support system, I reluctantly (yet hopefully) went the surgery route. My procedure was over 3 hours long and I spent 3 days in the hospital, but glory to God, my procedure went great (my doctor was pretty pleased with her own work). Turns out rather than 2, I had 10 Fibroids removed from my uterus and a cyst removed from my ovary. I’m three months into my recovery, and although I’m not quite at 100%, I’m grateful that I’m this far into the process.

Approximately 80% of back women develop Fibroids, and we are 3 times more likely to experience severe symptoms and either be hospitalized or have our Fibroids surgically removed. I’ve spent years in pain with regard to my cycle, thinking that this was something that I just had to deal with. However, I’m learning that it’s up to me to be an advocate for my own health. Unfortunately, the likelihood of my Fibroids returning is fairly high, so I plan to explore natural ways of healing, change my diet, as well as follow the doctor’s recommendations. What I won’t do is simply accept the idea that this is something that I have to live with.

Bonita Davis
  • LaTrisha Rushing
    Posted at 18:57h, 01 September Reply

    Thanks for sharing your journey. I too had a uterus filled with fibroids and was told the same things but it was more like: you won’t get pregnant and if you happen to some how get pregnant you will not carry to term. I had a male doctor and he was the worst. I cried my whole appointment and he had zero compassion, but God. Asher came and blessed this world. God be truly be doing His thug-thissle!!!! Praying for your healing and all the wonderful things God has for you!

    • Bonita
      Posted at 14:09h, 02 September Reply

      Girl that sounds awful! People really underestimate how important it is to have a good health provider that you can trust to talk to and feel comfortable enough to ask questions. Glory to God for Asher! He’s such a bright light and a blessing! God ALWAYS has the final say!

  • Nzinga Henderson
    Posted at 01:40h, 02 September Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your testimony!! I look forward to hearing more and being a part of your journey to wellness!. You are an inspiration and blessing to keep us in the beautiful truths of Faith, Hope and Love. May God continue to bless and use you to shine your light upon the world. Bless up!

    • Bonita
      Posted at 14:12h, 02 September Reply

      Thank you my sister! I’m grateful you’re joining in with me! Your support is so encouraging!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 15:52h, 02 September Reply

    Thank you for sharing your story! I myself just experienced a recent miscarriage this past May, and have an open Myomectomy scheduled for September 17th of this year. I’m happy to hear your recovery is going well, and look forward to you sharing the things that have helped you heal post opt. May God continue to bless you.

    • Bonita
      Posted at 16:05h, 02 September Reply

      I’m so sorry to hear that you had a miscarriage, I can’t imagine what that experience has taken you through, but I’ll definitely be in prayer that God gives you peace that surpasses all understanding. I’ll also be in prayer for your 9/17 surgery. Claiming that it goes smoothly and is the first step to your complete and total healing. I’ll definitely be sharing more about my healing process!

  • Tam Mix
    Posted at 22:31h, 02 September Reply

    Thank you for sharing your testimony, Bo! God is so faithful and even when He takes us through things we don’t understand, His glory is always revealed. I’m always praying for you and so thankful for what God is doing in your life! Love you!

    • Bonita
      Posted at 23:05h, 02 September Reply

      Yes sis! God is faithful, intentional, and always working for our Good! I’m thankful for what he’s doing in your life as well, love you!

  • lenti agustina
    Posted at 10:45h, 31 October Reply

    Hi Bonita, thankyou so much for sharing. i’m married and i was pregnant but God has another plan, i got Blighted Ovum and Fibroid (only one based on USG, quite large diameter almost 2inches). So, i have curretase for my blighted ovum mid Oct and now in waiting periode for myomectomy (ugh). I don’t know what to do unless keep in mind that Jesus is good all the time. btw my doctor said we need to prevent eat red meat and avocado. did your doctor give you information when should you get pregnant again after myomectomy?

    • Bonita
      Posted at 18:31h, 01 November Reply

      oh my goodness! I’m so sorry to hear of this being your experience, but you’re right…God is good ALL the time,even in the midst of times that don’t feel good. Yes, I’ve cut red meat out of my diet, but I never heard that avocado was an issue, i’ll def have to research that more. My doctor told me I had to wait at least 6 months post myomectomy to try and get pregnant in order to give my uterus sufficient time to heal

  • Erica Stepteau
    Posted at 13:35h, 27 January Reply

    Thank you for sharing! My open Myomectomy is scheduled on Feb 16, 2021. Any tips as I prepare?

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