A few years back, I was suffering all the time. As a radio host, my job requires a lot of me, but there were days I was in so much pain I couldn’t even get out of bed. And it wasn’t just at work that pain made life difficult. I had pain during sexual intercourse, which can make sex not so fun. Then there was the pain in my lower back that prevented me from the activities I enjoy like dance classes and cardio on the treadmill. It felt like I was always in pain.
The diagnosis was in. It was fibroids. My first thought was “What are those?” Pretty soon, I was an expert. Fibroids, also known as uterine fibroids, are benign (non-cancerous) tumours that grow within the muscle tissue of the uterus. They cause a variety of different symptoms that are painful and caused interruption to my day-to-day life.
Overwhelmingly, the recommended treatment for fibroids is a hysterectomy, but I knew I didn’t want surgery. I did not want to have to take six weeks off work to lie in bed and recover from such a major procedure to recover from surgery, and then deal and adapt to life without my uterus. So I opted for a myomectomy, where removal of the fibroids is done individually. Unfortunately, surgeons are only able to remove the fibroids they can feel, meaning some can be missed and symptoms persist, and that’s what happened to me.
I didn’t know there were other treatment options available to me until years of suffering later when Dr. Suzanne Slonim, an interventional radiologist who specializes in UFE or Uterine Fibroid Embolization, appeared my radio to talk about this alternative to hysterectomy. Talk about fate.
As I interviewed her, I learned that UFE is often not a recommended procedure because many doctors treating fibroids aren’t aware that it is an option. What was amazing to me is the procedure would end my suffering and allow me to return to work in a week. No intense recovery period. No removal of my uterus and best of all, I would have my life back. I could walk out of the hospital with no more than a bandage on my wrist covering the incision.
After the show, I confided in the doctor that I had been living with fibroids for years and it turned out that I was an ideal candidate for UFE. The more I learned about the procedure, the more I realized it would allow me to treat my fibroids on my own terms.
Too many women suffering from fibroids are told that myomectomy or hysterectomy are the only treatment options for fibroids, and it’s time to spread the word. Women need to ask about their options and be able to decide what works best for them in their own lives.
UFE does not require surgery. It is a very simple, straightforward procedure that treats all fibroids at once. Through a small incision in the wrist or groin, access is gained through a blood vessel that feeds the fibroids and tiny particles are injected to plug up those vessels. This cuts off the blood supply and the fibroids will shrink and go away. I wasn’t nervous about my procedure—I was excited. The staff members were professional and informative. I felt very safe through this whole process.
A week later, I was back at work. I woke up, drove to work and was able to go through my whole on-air shift with no pain. I felt normal, I felt like me.
I am very passionate about sharing this message. I want women to know they have a choice. That there is a choice that doesn’t require you to spend weeks of your life laid up in bed. That if you still want to have children, you can. You don’t have to have your uterus removed because there is another alternative. Look at me. I had fibroids, I lived with them, I was in pain, and now I am not anymore.
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Known as “The Daytime Diva with the Voice,” celebrity radio personality, Lynne Haze, has one of the most recognizable voices and contagious personalities in radio today. Today, over the airwaves and through technology, Lynne’s voice is still magnetic on Smooth R & B 105.7 KRNB-FM and online at DFWiradio.com, where she hosts her own Internet radio program.