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Shrinking fibroids update April 2013

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monica shrinking fibroid status April 2013

It has been a while since my last update so I thought I would do one today. The status of my efforts to shrink my fibroids without surgery is that I am still not fibroid free after more than 2 years trying a number of approaches for getting rid of my fibroids using natural methods. By contrast, my sister who also had fibroids continues to remain fibroid free since having a myomectomy procedure done. I have another sister who had a hysterectomy to remove her fibroids and yet another sister who has fibroids but is one of those women who are not severely affected. She has had the fibroids since she was a teen. They expand her lower abdomen a little bit according to her but not to the extent of making her look pregnant. I appear to be the only one still suffering for my choice not to get the recommended hysterectomy.

Lately I’ve been thinking that if I can come up with the money somehow I’ll just go ahead and look into surgical methods for getting rid of the fibroids. It’s either that or I’m going to have to accept to live with a large stomach and never be able to wear certain styles of clothing again; but I suppose there are worse things than never being able to wear certain styles of clothing again.

It’s not like my situation is as bad as it was before or anything. For the most part I am still managing to keep my stomach from going back to where it was making me look like I was about ready to pop out a baby. The fibroids fluctuate in size depending upon a number of factors. The biggest factor appears to be eating solid foods for too many days in a row. My experience so far has been that I am able to keep my stomach from protruding too much if I avoid eating solid foods; but so far I haven’t been able keep to a juice fast for more than 14 days in a row; and I’ve found it difficult to start a new cycle once I’ve completed a fast and have been back eating solids for a week. I eventually get it done, but it can sometimes take a number of tries before I can successfully complete a fast of 5 or more days. It would be great if I could find something that works without requiring drastic lifestyle changes because those are kind of difficult to make; but at least I know that a juice fast will work to reset things when I fall too far off track. It doesn’t get rid of the fibroids, at least it hasn’t for me, but it has helped more than anything else I’ve tried; and not just by reducing the size of my stomach. It helps me mentally as well. I feel significantly less bogged down, more comfortable in my skin, more focused and balanced mentally and emotionally.

I have not been using apple cider vinegar, blackstrap molasses or any other of the things I’ve tried in the past. I’ve just been focusing on maintaining my fitness and trying to avoid consuming too much in the way of heavy food. When I can manage to get one to stick, I will do a juice fast.

If I were to be honest I’d have to say that I could do a lot better than I have been doing in recent months. Although I have continued to keep up with my fitness, I haven’t really been applying myself with the kind of focus and determined will that helped me get my stomach down to its where I could step out without having to worry that I looked pregnant. I have had days when I’ve consumed things I know I shouldn’t eat. I have had days when I’ve not bothered to try to fight my depression and have allowed stress to take over my life; and these things without doubt impact on my fibroids detrimentally.

All in all I still have a long way to go; but I remain at a better place than I was a year ago. I’m without question in better health; and my stomach is still smaller than it was a year ago even though it is bigger than it was 4 months ago. I haven’t entirely fallen off track. I haven’t fallen off track at all, I’ve just taken some steps backwards and haven’t been moving forward since taking those backward steps; but that is easy enough to fix. I just have to put one foot forward and start moving again, starting right this very minute.

Updated March 2014

I found a photo I took on April 30th 2013 to use with this post but never actually added. I have added it to the post today. There were some other pictures that I took on that day that when compared to my status today show plainly that my stomach had gotten flat enough to be easier to disguise. In the picture above you cannot tell I have any protrusion at all. But I do remember the day I took that photo so I can tell you that my stomach was not flat. It was just much flatter than it is at the present moment. I was also a bit smaller then than now.

The outfit I’m wearing in the picture (my rags) was worn so that I could do a comparison photo to another update I had done wearing the same outfit. Here are the pictures from that update.

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You can see that I had become smaller by April 2013. It would seem to suggest that maintaining a very small frame can help minimize the appearance of your fibroids; but as I mentioned in several other posts, my husband has a way of making me feel like I am not the least bit appealing when I fall under a certain size and I find it very difficult to feel good about myself when he gives me these disgusted looks and makes comments that put me down in an effort to prevent me from going back down to the size I used to be before all this stuff started. Aside from that, I have to eat. And to maintain the size that I used to be requires me to do what I used to do to stay that size; namely starve myself. I don’t think it’s a healthy thing for me to be starving myself so I can stay thin enough to be able to hide my stomach more easily. I don’t need to be playing around with eating disorders at this age. I went through that from my teens into my early thirties. At this point in my life I want to be healthy–mentally, emotionally and physically. So I don’t know. I’ll have to figure something out.

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My name is Monica. I have fibroids. My fibroids are large enough that they have transformed my figure into something I am still trying to learn how to live with. In the meantime while I try to learn how to live with my fibroids I am also trying every possible method I can find to try to shrink them naturally because I am afraid of the idea of a hysterectomy. I lived with fibroids from 2007 - 2016. I started documenting my experiences on this blog in 2012. On March 7th 2016 I had a hysterectomy out of concern that I might have ovarian cancer. It did not turn out that I had ovarian cancer. The cancer scare forced the hysterectomy I was trying to avoid, and so, I became fibroid free as of March 7th 2016. I will try to keep this blog up and running in the hope that it will be of some use to others going through what I went through.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Fibroid Lady! I’m so glad to have found you.

    Your story is so much like mine. I’m a black woman, 46, with big fibroids that, on occasion make me look pregnant. Ironically, it’s when my weight is at it’s lowest that these things are most prominent. Someone asked me once when I was due; I told them I wasn’t pregnant nd they insisted that I was – even touched my belly and said “So what is that?” I said to her – skinny little thing that she was “That’s what happens when you’re 42. How old are you?” “40” she replied “Just wait – two years – it’ll happen to you too”, and walked away.

    The pics you took at the beginning of your juice fast are exactly what I look like. I also had a gynecologist tell me that if I dodn’t have them removed I’d bleed to death in two years – this is after I to;d him that my periods had basically returned to normal heaviness after being (occasionally) nuts. Still haven’t beld to death last I checked.

    Coping with the depression and the body image issues is the most difficult thing for me; I miss wearing my cute little clothes – was shopping in the junior dept my whole life – now it’s Ms and ‘ladies’. Hate that!

    Some online research led me to discover that taking calcium supplements can help with heavy bleeding and clotting; there’s also an OTC treatment they use in the UK call transexamic acid that can also control bleeding. Not sure you can get it from a pharmacist over here. I’m sticking with the calcium for the time being.

    I’m intrigued by the juice fast – I’ve noticed too that my fibroids give me less trouble when I eat smaller amounts of food – but I get SO hungry it’s really hard to balance.

    As for you staying on track – it’s hard to alter your diet so radically – please don’t beat up on yourself. You’re doing beautifully! I wish I had your willpower. I’m trying alternate fasting, but it’s still really hard to deal with chocolate and dairy cravings.

    Thanks again for all the inspiration and the comfort. It’s good to know that there are more women who deal with these things and find ways to cope.

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