VERY BENIGN! Night Demons!

Post-op pathology results from the Polypectomy are in…….Benign! VERY BENIGN! No evidence of any cancer! Good thing too – the polyp was so big that my surgeon had to take it out in pieces. Ugh! Yay team!!! GREAT NEWS!!!

For those who want more information on endometrial ablations, please read on. As mentioned in the last post, the method she wanted to use had an equipment malfunction. She used an older, but equally as effective instrument, Rollerball Ablation. It is like a steam roller removing the thin layer of endometrial tissue.Last night, after I posted a poem on my blog, I noticed that one of my readers had found my blog by doing a search on abdominal weight gain caused from ablations. “What? Weight gain is a side effect of the procedure I just had done?! No way! I did not sign up for that!”

While of course, there was a vanity factor which came into play (“Mirror, Mirror, on the wall…”), yet the largest concern was my health.  All fat is not created equal.  Belly fat is the most harmful fat on our bodies.  Additionally, there is more and more mounting research which shows an increased risk for the first incidence of breast cancer and recurrences based upon weight.  Fat produces estrogen, and the cancer I had fed off of estrogen.  As you can imagine, I don’t want to provide any cancer food. Not now!  Not ever!

So of course, I did the same Google search to see what I would see. First off, let me tell you, medical Internet searches are best done in light of day. Sometimes our clarity leaves us late at night, especially if what we read hits on our fears. It is hard to put the demons to rest when we want to get our rest! It’s best if we leave those Night Demons alone and surf at a different time than right before bed!

Now that I’ve laid that caveat, let me continue. Yes, last night right before bed, there were two fears struck, one much larger than the other. I’ll dispel the lesser of the two evils first. Endometrial ablations do not cause weight gain. The logical, scientific, light-of-day Nancy knew that. It was the Night Demon scratching at the walls of my mind, yelling very loudly in my head, which was trying to convince me otherwise.

The lining removed is non-hormonal. It is the same lining which gets sloughed off every month. It does not affect hormones or weight gain. The only correlation which might be made is that the majority of women opting for the procedure are doing so right before menopause. It is the hormonal imbalance of menopause, not the ablation, which can cause abdominal weight gain. Of course, a proper diet and regular exercise can help keep those pounds at bay.

Now, let’s address the larger fear. Dr. Oz said that anyone who has a high risk of endometrial cancer should not get an ablation, because it makes endometrial cancer harder to detect. Since a side effect of tamoxifen is endometrial cancer, albeit only a 1-5% increased risk, you can bet the Night Demon was shrieking this time!

If you want to read his article, here’s the website:
http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/lauren-streicher-md/endometrial-ablation-halt-hemorrhage

As with the weight gain, I discussed it with my doctor. She has heard that claim as well. First off, she said removing the endometrial lining reduces the cancer risk, because the lining which can become cancerous is removed. A colleague of hers researched this very topic. The conclusion was the cancer risk is lower and the detection rate is not affected. The review doctors concurred with the findings. Additionally, we will still regularly monitor me. Finger on the pulse, every step of the way!

There you have it. Draw your own conclusions. I drew mine, with far better clarity and much prettier pictures when I was not in bed trying to sleep! I am passing on the research I have done to help others walk their own path, in whatever direction is best for them.

Now I shall sleep well tonight. Good night all.Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.

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Quantum Health

Quantum Health

Under the knife,
once again.
Howbeit,
I have never felt
So alive!
So vibrant!

‘Twas the night before surgery.
Sitting in nature.
Music rocking my soul.
Weaving through
my hotwired nerves.
Calming my anxious heart.
Coursing through my veins.
Feeding my spirit
strength and power.
Lulling the ogre
into submission.

I am forever amazed,
there is
or ever was
a beast inside of me,
needing to be slain.
You’d never know it
from the outside looking in,
or from the inside looking out.

I am strong.
Mighty.
Tenacious.
I feel great.
I am BUSTING out,
with vim and vigor!

The counter balance of
Yin and Yang.
Teetering off kilter.
Never have I been sick.
My diagnosis
is not my prognosis.

It is only
one moment
in time.
Forever changing.
Never to be the same.
Dynamic.
As fluid as an ocean shore.
Always in motion,
moving toward
Quantum Health.
Prevailing!
I will survive!
I am alive and vibrant!
Nothing can stop me!

Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.
July 7 – 9, 2013
Poem #379

Uterine Surgery & Bone Density Update

Night before surgery thoughts: Tonight I ponder. I have never felt so alive and vibrant! Tomorrow, I go under the knife…once again. I feel so strong and healthy. It is amazing to me that there is a beast inside of me that needs to be slain. The music of Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines rocks my soul. I am strong. I feel great. The counter balance of the yin and yang. It is the treatment tomorrow which will bring me down; yet not for long. I will survive! I am alive and vibrant! Nothing can stop me!
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Yesterday’s surgery was successful. The Uterine Polypectomy went smoothly. The only surprise was the three polyps seen on the ultrasound were actually one big polyp. Remove that bad boy…check! The original biopsy showed it was benign, so I am assuming the post-op pathology report will confirm those findings.

There was one hitch in the surgery. When she went to perform the ablation, the machine she uses did not work. No one likes to hear about equipment malfunctions while they are on the operating table. Luckily, I was under the deep blanket of anesthesia. I was none the wiser until post-op. She was still able to do the ablation. They had to revert back to older methods. As long as it was successful, I am a happy camper.

Recovery has been easy. No pain. No cramps. Just some minor discomfort and grogginess from the anesthesia. I have some exercise restrictions for the next couple of weeks as not to hemorrhage.

More health news. I had my bone density checked. It has been a year since I was diagnosed with osteopenia and a year on tamoxifen (which has a known side-effect of bone density loss). As reported on past posts, I am not on any of the drugs prescribed for osteopenia/osteoporosis. I have done a lot of research on them, and the risks are far greater than the benefits. I won’t put those drugs in my body. I have chosen a natural route for bone building.

I eat lots of leafy greens for calcium and take a calcium supplement. I have been walking (now jogging) regularly for a year and a half, and I jumped up my game when we joined the gym. I have been focusing on weight bearing exercises for about eight months. Turns out, muscle is built much faster than bone density. The improvement was not as significant as I was expecting, yet there was an improvement! On my vertebrae, I had two-tenths greater density and one-tenth on my hips. Since I’m on a drug which depletes bone density, I’m happy with any gain I get!

Nancy L. Baskin Michlin, M.Ed., C.H.C.

Obesity & Breast Cancer

More and more articles are confirming what I’ve been shouting out four the last almost 1.5 years! Read on to see why I’ve changed my diet and exercise regularly. You too can use nutrition and exercise to better your health!

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