Wall of Womb Warriors
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Meet Janelle Guy
For the longest, I had really bad cramps that began when I was 18 years old. That slightly went away from drinking more water, but my periods would last a full week. As I got older, they started becoming super heavy. I'd wake up in the morning, take a shower, and bleed through it within the next hour. When I visited my doctor, I did an ultrasound and come to find out I had huge fibroids that were 9cm.
The doctor said I can either get them removed or monitored. They decided the best option was to have surgery. A friend a mine, who is an African-American nurse, advised me to make sure they don't take away my reproductive organs. So that's what I told my doctor. Two years ago, I proceeded to have the surgery, and now I have 3 scars where they cut me open. They were successfully able to remove them all. My primary doctor was a black female, and I had a black nurse. As an African-American woman, I feel like having a black female doctor was important in sharing the best options for me.
After surgery, I saved tons of money on boxes of tampons, pads, and underwear. Before, I wouldn't stay the night at my boyfriend's house because of heavy bleeding. Finally, at 37 years old I'm having a regular period! My period has reduced in the number of days and it has prompted me to track my menstrual cycle.
As far as education and support, I didn't receive any tips or information on lifestyle practices and how to navigate naturally after surgery. If I could give advice to my younger self, I would tell her to drink more water, learn about birth control, watch what you eat, and educate yourself on your reproductive organs. Know the risks of having unprotected sex, and know a lot of things we suffer from or face may come from the men we are intimate with. My message to all women is to know that it's not normal to feel the pain you're feeling.