I believe that everything happens for a reason. My experience has been that sometimes we don’t know why, which can be frustrating and difficult to accept (I have a strong faith which helps me). Then there are times when someone I know is faced with a difficult situation and while being there for them a light bulb goes off, “Um, I’ve already been through this or something similar and it prepared me to help this person.”
In the last month I’ve had a hysterectomy (I’m fine, everything is good) so I’m at home recuperating. I’ve decided that I’m going to write about my journey and what I experience because there are other women who don’t know anyone that has been through this. The men in their life also don’t have someone to turn to so I hope this will help them understand a little as well.
Some of you are thinking what on earth does this have to do with skincare and makeup? Well, a lot. I’ve had 3 organs removed (uterus and 2 ovaries) which happen to be reproductive organs and they involve hormones. Hormones can have such a huge effect on the skin. A few years ago my hyperpigmentation became worse and instead of spots I had splotches (melasma – which you can read a prior blog post here about hyperpigmentation). Some women experience an increase in acne, others get very dry skin. There’s a whole range of emotions you might go through that others don’t understand.
I had someone recommend www.hystersisters.com and it’s chock full of information for pre- and post- hysterectomy, the types of procedures, support forums, etc. If you, or someone you know, either has or will be going through a hysterectomy let them know about this website. They can also reach out to me.
Men: there’s a site for you too – www.misterhystersisters.com with helpful information. I wish I had realized this website was available for my husband before the surgery. Lucky for me he’s been amazing – thank you to my mother-in-law (and father-in-law) for raising him to be this way.
My future posts on this subject will have “Hysterectomy” in the title and may not always involve skincare. The other aspects that I share will involve healing from a hysterectomy which can be emotional and deals more with how we perceive ourselves.
Have you had a hysterectomy or know someone who did? Do you have advice that you would like to share?
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