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Picture of stomach with fibroidsI don’t want to act like having fibroids is the worse thing possible because I know that there are many worse things than having to walk around looking like you’re pregnant or like you need to incorporate crunches and situps into your workout regimen when you are not pregnant and you’re not fat and out of shape.

Out of consideration for all the people in the world who are living with serious illnesses that threaten their lives, I’ll endeavor to avoid making out my situation to be some kind of major crisis. Yes, this is very real health problem that impacts on daily living in ways that undermine overall quality of life; but I’m not likely to die because of my fibroids. I’m sure it’s possible to die because of fibroids, but it’s highly unlikely.

That being said, having to walk around with lumps in my stomach that change the shape of my body to something that is considered not attractive is very unpleasant for me. Being someone who has always had a heightened level of image consciousness, it’s very difficult to live in this altered body that I have acquired due to uterine fibroids.

When I first found out I had them I didn’t hesitate to start making plans for a hysterectomy because there was no way I was going to live with a protruding stomach, but then I got scared when the doctor told me that, even though cases of women dying during hysterectomy surgery are rare, dying was a possibility. I decided to hold off and give things some thought and here I am several years later having lost the opportunity to get the hysterectomy. Vocational Rehab was going to cover the surgery then. Now I have no coverage options and I have no money so even if I wanted to get the hysterectomy, which I still don’t, I couldn’t get one.

I am sitting here right now with my shirt up over my stomach. Sometimes I get uncomfortable and I have to bare my stomach and sit back and just let it all hang out. It’s embarrassing to live with a big stomach that I can’t do anything about unless I get my uterus taken out or unless miraculously I find some natural remedy to try that completely dissolves the fibroids.

I’m not in the worse place that I’ve been with the fibroids; but I’m still fed up and frustrated.

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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.


  1. I am also suffering from fibroids for the past 7 years. I have been to three doctors and all three say they are too small to remove, yet I have a stomach the size of a cantaloupe that is consistently growing. I have gained 20 pounds over the past 7 years and I am very frustrated that there is nothing that can be done. My clothes don ‘t fit me just wont to stay indoors most of the time.

  2. I also have fibroids and for over 7 years doctors say they are too small to remove. My stomach is so big I look like I am 3 months pregnant. My body shape and frame is small so my clothes don’t fit and it is very depressing looking at your body. I have gained 40 pounds in result of the fibroids,

    • Dear Portia, I feel your pain. I hope that you will fight for the quality of life you deserve and not let your fibroids dictate your life like I did with mine for so many years.

  3. I have a 18 cm myoma/fibroid that has extended into my stomach area. I am undergoing surgery to remove it and had two doctors give their opinions. Neither said a hysterectomy would be a risk on my life but I suppose *all* major surgery is risking your life. The second doctor said it a hysterectomy is not needed but a yearly check up for myomas/fibroids is needed. I undergo surgery sometime in the next 2-3 weeks. Nervously excited to remove this bulge from my uterus up to my stomach area.


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