I am writing this post as I just went to the Doctors yesterday for a biopsy. I think the whole reason why people blog, is to inform and educate others so hopefully this will educate you as much as it did me. As many people know, I have been on a healthy weight loss journey for some time. I hate being fat or as the Doctor officially says OBESE. I lost my Mother to COPD, obesity and finally heart failure. She had surgeries for her hips and her knees twice which happens all the time when people are obese. I swore I would not end up like my Mother. I saw her in and out of the hospital for months with surgeries, and finally fighting for every breath. So I keep a careful watch on my health. In the last few months I had my routine mammogram, routine blood and urine tests, pap test and that test that you send samples for colon cancer. All came back great. But then one day, I noticed a little spotting after I exercised. Then it happened again. Being postmenopausal, this is not something that should happen. And then suddenly it started happening more. My doctor ordered pelvic and uterine ultrasounds. The results were concerning, so I was booked for a Gynecologist. That was yesterday. What a great doctor, he made me feel so at ease. He then went on and explained that he would have to do a biopsy and that it would be a little painful and showed me in a diagram what he would do. He then told me what would happen when we got the results. I am one of those people who ask a lot of questions and he was amazing at giving me the answers I needed to know so I can be mentally prepared. I now have to wait 14 days for the pathologists to send my results. Looking at this photo I see nothing but foreign invaders under a microscope in peoples bodies that a lot of people do not know exist. Pretty ugly aren’t they? UPDATE BELOW
Why I am writing this post, is that I learned something very important yesterday. When I explained to this doctor that I have been following a very healthy diet and was losing weight, he seemed very pleased. He then told me that women who are obese have a higher risk factor for Uterine Cancer. That a high percentage of patients that he had seen who were given this diagnosis were obese. I was shocked. Did it scare me?? You better believe it. Just because I am eating healthy and losing weight now does not put me under an invisible safety net. As women we need to take our health very seriously and know that being fat or obese has serious risks. If you have any kind of abnormal postmenopausal bleeding you need to go to your doctor. It could be nothing or…. Even pre menopausal bleeding between periods. My family has suffered from a long line of problems including endometriosis.
When I left his office I got an email from a website that I follow called Food Matters and this is the article that blew me away. Is Obesity related to Cancer? Is the Universe sending me a strong message or what? How many times have people said, it can’t be anything serious, I will make an appointment next week, that turns into next month. If you catch it early you have a better chance.
On another note have you seen this viral video with Whitney Thore in it? As a result she was offered a reality show. She said “’Fat’ is such a dirty word in our society, but after I started to become more confident and started dancing again, I realized I kind of just got angry,” Thore told TODAY’s Natalie Morales on Monday. “I kind of wanted to say, ‘I’m fat but I’m also fabulous. I’m also intelligent. I have talents and contributions. My whole self worth is not dependent on whether I’m fat or not.’” I am glad to see that she also said: “I’m not naïve to the health risks that I will probably face if I stay this weight because I’m almost 400 pounds,” she said. “I know I need to lose some weight but I have no desire to ever be thin again. I just want to be fit and healthy and happy.”
I agree if you are Fat or thin, we are all fabulous, intelligent human beings and I know PCOS is a tough condition to battle. Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition that not only leads to excessive weight gain, for a lot of women it also stops them from getting pregnant. I have met a lot of women with this condition and they are also in our private group and seeing some promising results which is just awesome
She appeared on the Today Show to talk about her story.
Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Grandmothers
We owe it to ourselvesto be healthy and to be vigilant about the causes of diseases and how to treat them early. I want to be here to watch my 3 grand children grow up and get married. In my private group a 24 year old girl told me she got diagnosed with Uterine Cancer and had to have a radical hysterectomy. Can you imagine? She will never have children of her own, but she recovered and said that is her only regret. She was 300 lbs. Another girl in the group talked about how they found a massive growth but it took months to find it because she is obese and sometimes it is hard to find under those circumstances. A nurse in the group shared her story about overweight patients. It truly has been an eye opener.
I want to be that old woman in a nursing home on roller blades saying get out of my way, here I come. AND to still be blogging at 100 years old!! If this post gets just one woman thinking about the serious consequences of being fat/obese than I have done my job. 14 days is a long time to wait but I will keep positive, eat more healthier and talk to more people about how I might help them find a healthy program to follow
UPDATE April 14th, 2015
So much has happened. It is NOT Cancer but something called Simple Hydroplasia.
That is a relief but the journey has just started. The OB/GYN immediately insisted on giving me a Depo-Provera Injection. I had no time to think, but I suggested that I should look at Bio Identical Hormones as an alternative. He shot that idea right down. Later that day I read the WARNING on the Patient medical form saying “may cause serious bone loss”. Sure that is what every 60 year old woman wants right? Then this shocking paragraph that I read on the link above.
Can Any Woman Use Depo-Provera?
Most women can use Depo-Provera. However, it is not recommended for women who have:
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding (hmmmmm)
- Liver disease
- Breast cancer
- Blood clots
It needs to be used with caution by adolescents and by women with osteoporosis because of its relation to bone loss.
Are There Side Effects Associated With Depo-Provera?
Depo-Provera can cause a number of side effects, including:
- Irregular menstrual periods, or no periods at all
- Changes in appetite
- Weight gain **** I am on a weight loss journey..like I want this?? ***
- Excessive growth of facial and body hair ****wow add a beard or mustache too? ****
- Hair loss
- Loss of bone mineral density
So I took to Facebook and found other women who have gone to hell and back with hormonal problems. It lead me to a OB GYN who specializes in Bio Identical Hormones, Hormone testing, Cortisol testing, Thyroid etc. So my journey is still moving forward with a lot of consequences. I have had to go to my family doctor as things got very heavy while away on a business trip. I think it took every bit of Iron with me even though I was taking double doses of liquid iron which was suggested by the BIO doctor.
Stay tuned, and let me know some of your stories about the dreaded hormone problems that have plagued your life
Have a great day