Fibroids, Begone!

April, 2009: the date of my appointment to discuss my candidacy for uterine fibroid embolization (UFE).  In preparation for the big day, I watched a video of the procedure. I watched it several times actually, until I was comfortable. You can see it here: http://tinyurl.com/36jjhh8 A friend asked: “Why are you watching this? Are you…

Dear Fibroids: I’m really beginning to hate you!

The date: February, 2009. I have been managing my fibroids now for about a year and a half. Although the size of my belly kept fluctuating, I had figured out the pattern. There were no more back pains, menstrual cycle was normal, and my iron level was good. I sometimes had problems with frequent urination…

Can Fibroids Cause Weight Gain?

In my case, it definitely did. I first noticed that my clothes weren’t fitting properly – they were snug. Also, when shopping, I could no longer fit into my usual size. Vanity sizing? Now, I know this might sound strange but I’ve been the same size for years – actually, since college. In fact, I…

Why is the Size of My Belly Fluctuating?

It just seems to be going up and down. One minute I think the fibroids are shrinking and I get really excited, the next minute I’m back at square one. I now have a new issue to deal with – bloating. Pre-fibroids, I had no idea what this was. Now, it seems to be my…

Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is a byproduct of the sugar manufacturing process. It is a type of molasses that is  actually made from the third boiling of sugar syrup. This thick, viscous liquid is an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamin A, and potassium. Note that for our purposes, we are interested in unsulphered blackstrap molasses. I…

From the Beginning

About two and a half years ago, I found out I had fibroids. The largest was approximately 5 cm, but my doctor’s immediate concern was my anemia. My hemoglobin level was 3 or 4 and as I sat there trying to take it all in, I noticed that she was desperately trying to relay the…