So, this is a bit of a departure from our usual Cleveland rhetoric, which we will get back to in short order. But I am again finding myself in the unique position of facing something big in my life and feeling compelled to share it with all of you. Social media really does become an outlet, a soap box, and an incredible community of support in such times.
For the last six months or so, I’ve been seeing a series of doctors and going through a series of tests because, to put it in the simplest terms, I just didn’t feel right. And for a long time, the tests came back showing nothing was wrong.
I felt tired and discouraged, but I also kept listening to my body. They tell you that in yoga all the time, right? Listen to your body. It’s not just when you’re on your mat. My body was talking to me and I knew that I needed to listen.
Eventually, I found out that I had a couple of conditions: adenomyosis, which is a benign uterine condition, and the early stages of cervical cancer.
Yeah. That one hit pretty hard. I am lucky that it was found early and had not spread. But I’m still reeling from finding out that I had cancer and from thinking about what could have happened if we hadn’t found it when we did.
My doctor is confident that she was able to remove all the cancer, but in an abundance of caution and considering the adenomyosis, I’m having a hysterectomy today.
Why am I sharing all this with you? Well, as I said before, you have always been an incredibly supportive community and I’m feeling like I could use some of that. Also, you’ll see a bit of downturn in my out-and-about life for awhile as I recover and I wanted you to understand why.
But mainly, I want to say to you that you need to listen to your body. If you don’t feel right, ask the questions. If you feel dismissed or like the answers you’re getting aren’t right, get another opinion. You are your own best advocate for your health. And we need you to be OK. Just like I know I will be.