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Dear Kim:

My sister’s doc, and now mine, told me yesterday that because of numerous previous surgeries, he has no idea if he can operate laproscopically to remove my ovaries and fallopian tubes. There may be scar tissues and adhesions that block his way

What do you want me to do if that is the case? Proceed and go in abdominally or close you up and stop, he asked?

I told him he could not operate laproscopically, he has my permission to operate abdominally and to do a complete hysterectomy.

A hysterectomy is a much more intense procedure because it involves cutting through the abdominal wall and removing everything.

(Kim: Years ago I was struck by the biblical passage, "what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul." I've been thinking of the compromises I've been making in my job. And the hold backs...not doing stuff because I know that the ultimate consequences are greater than the immediate pleasure. In the end, because of so much suppression, I wonder what is less of me. Sort of like you in the review sessions not being able to talk.)

I do not want to have to do that.

I am concerned about the pain.

About weeks of recovery. Especially at such a busy time.

About the months it will take to recover the core strength in my abdomen.

About possible sexual side effects to removing my uterus.

About. About. About.

Later,

Joan

Tuesday March 28, 2006

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