I left you hanging with my first surgery "under my belt". Pun intended.
After my first ovarian cyst removal surgery in 1993, I thought I would go on about my merry way and be cyst free for the rest of my life.
I had our first little girl in 1994, another Laparoscopic ovarian cyst removal surgery in 1995,
our first boy in 1996, and another ovarian cyst removal surgery a little bit later. In 1999, I had our third child, a boy.
Now in case you have lost count that is three births and three surgeries in six years. Between 1999 and 2003, I had another surgery for cyst removal and was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The doctor wanted me to have a hysterectomy. I was 27 years old.
Thankfully, I refused.
I have since forgotten all of the sizes of my cysts, but up to this point, the largest I ever had was the size of a cantaloupe and the smallest, a baseball.
All during this time, I continued to eat food with no thought to what it might be doing to my health. We did not live off of junk and processed foods, but I did not have good eating habits. I was in a lot of pain and felt yucky a most of the time.
I just have to go on a itsy bitsy rabbit trail here to say that medically, the doctors had NO answers for my health "issues". For my ovarian cysts, they kept prescribing birth control pills. For the Fibromyalgia, they prescribed anti-depressant pills of which (thankfully) my hubby would not let me take.
I have shared some of my journey with Fibromyalgia and how I cope with it, but for now I will stick to my overall health story.
In April of 2004, I miscarried Nikolas Deven French. I was 15 1/2 weeks along and you can read more about that journey here and how we deal with the grief here or here.
Six months later, found us expecting our second little girl! After her birth in 2005, I used a different form of birth control that seemed to help with my ovarian cyst problem. It actually "let out" small amounts of progesterone each month. Knowing what I know now about ovarian cysts, would have led me to understand why I went the longest period of time without cysts. I will write more on what I have learned about the causes of ovarian cysts another time.
In May of 2008 (3 years with NO cysts!) I had the birth control removed. It was scary. Not because we were afraid we would have more children. By this time the Lord had done a huge work in our hearts and we no longer felt the need to control the amount of blessings He wanted for us. You can read that story here. We made a commitment to God to no longer use any form of birth control. That meant trusting Him completely. This could mean more children AND more cysts. We put it in His hands.
In 12 years, I had five pregnancies and five surgeries. That can take a toll on a person's body! I still did not make any changes concerning what I ate or didn't know I needed to.
I will tell you next time what happened next!
Do you think that what I ate or the birth control I took
had anything to do with my recurring cysts?
Linking up here:
A Mama's Story
Time Warp Wife
Far Above Rubies
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home