Friday, 9 March 2012

The Battle Of The Swollen Stomach...Part 2

13th June last year I wrote my first post on 'The Battle Of The Swollen Stomach'. It was one week before my 24th birthday and I was beyond frustrated of still having an swollen stomach due to Endo.
So to be writing this post today I'm extremely excited. Today is 4 weeks since my 2nd lap... and within the last 3 weeks my stomach as gone down 4 inches!! Woooohooo! 

Two weeks ago it had reduced by two and a half inches. This week I measured it and another inch and half has gone! Before my 2nd lap and at the height of the swelling I looked like I was carrying twins! I'm well and truly shocked as I never thought this day would come. My 25th birthday is now 3 months away.. Imagine if by then I'll have a 'normal' stomach and a whole new wardrobe, excluding baggy tops to hide my stomach?!

This time last year this would have been a dream. Now... I truly believe it will happen.

I look forward to a flatter stomach, healthier, happier me :-)

Monday, 5 March 2012

Endometriosis: Did I speak too soon??

Yesterday I posted how I was feeling upbeat, positive and ready to start living. Today I feel the complete opposite. I'm very emotional, feel quite low and fed up! Why does recovery have to be so confusing. One day your feeling good and on the mend, the next you feel back at square one. I'm frustrated this is how I felt before the op. I'm frustrated some symptoms I'm having are similar to before. Yes I know some symptoms are healing but still its hard to get your head around when they start up again. I'm pretty positive some ladies who read this today have felt or are feeling this way. I take comfort in knowing I'm not an emotional wreck and going mad...this is normal in recovery...isn't it? My rollercoaster ride is on a low at the moment. However, I'm sure tomorrow it'll be climbing back up! My fingers and toes are crossed anyway.


Sunday, 4 March 2012

My Endometriosis - A Year On...

So, its been just over a year since my 1st laparoscopy... and 3 weeks after my 2nd. As you can imagine this last year has been a rollercoaster!! Physically and emotionally. No way would I have believed I'd be having two operations within one year. To be brutally honest, it's taken a lot out of me including most of my energy, my social life is practically non existence and its hit my confidence pretty hard. My early twenties have been filled with pain, tablets, injections, operations and a bundle of unwanted hormones!!

However, 3 weeks after lap number two im starting to feel more positive. I have full confidence that my new consultant removed all endometriosis and adhesions this time. I was so surprised to find out the adhesions had stuck to my bowel and twisted it into a loop. It's shocking what endo is capable of doing. I've literally been stuck in a rut over the last few years. If I had a good day I'd make the most of it. The next day I'd be in agony. The amount of times I've had to say no to going out is hard to recall. Now, I'm on the road to recovery...I'm looking forward to saying YES to go out with friends and family... I'm looking forward to living again!! :)