Me Me Me!

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I am a London based 36 year old woman. I have two kids, a part-time job and an addiction to running. I started this blog as I was getting ready for my hysterectomy which took place on 7th of March 2013. I had the operation due to endometriosis and prolapsed uterus – not planning to have any more children I felt this was the best way forward. My ovaries were left in place along with the fallopian tubes but my uterus and cervix were removed.

If you read my posts you will find a mix of posts about running, hysterectomy, female health, motherhood, relationships and weather. Most of them include too much information – I should rename this blog The Oversharing Runner.

Thank you for taking the time to come and have a read. I hope I have been able to provide you with information if you are planning a hysterectomy or at least some entertainment detailing my literally crappy runs. I would love to hear from you so please do say hi in the comments but don’t feel like you have to.

The Hysterical Runner xxx

(It seems that the removal of the uterus doesn’t fix hysteria after all! 🙂 )

10 thoughts on “Me Me Me!

  1. Part of my motivation to start running again is the sure and certain knowledge that old age is not for weaklings. I want to be able to stay on my feet, fighting, for as long as possible. Good on you for your well thought out foresite!

    1. I think the desire to run certainly comes from maturity of some kind. I want to look after myself and my body than I did when I was younger (when it was rather effortless – darn gravity!). Gone are the days when I wanted to be very thin and dainty – now I just want to be fit, strong and able to kick ass (if and when needed).

  2. I’m curious if you have any thoughts (or blog posts) on thoughts about when to start back running after a hysterectomy? I am coming up to my 6 week post-op appoinment. I have not started running again yet but have started cycling which has been great. Thanks for your blog!

    1. Hiya,

      Thank you for popping over first if all!

      Well, I was very keen to get back to running as I was so worried about losing fitness. I feel a bit like I bullied my doctor to give me the go-ahead at around 6 weeks. My first run was 10km and I basically picked up where I had left off.
      However, I soon found myself in physiotherapy due to balance issues. The physiotherapist was strongly of the opinion that I had started running too early. After all, an organ was missing from my body which had left the remaining bits jostling to find their new spaces to fill that cavity. And even though the op was done laparoscopically the abdominal muscles were still traumatised and my core more or less destroyed.
      So my advise would be to first if all make sure your doctor is happy for you to start running. I don’t know what kind of op you had but the internal stitches can take a long time to heal even in a minimally invasive op. I would say cycling is great to get your fitness back and I would do that along with maybe Pilates to build your core strength and balance back. Don’t hurry back into running – it might feel good and like it was ok but the internal trauma your body has gone through is still something to be taken seriously. I hope this helps – I am not a doctor so this is not medical advice, just my two pence worth. I hope your recovery is going well, which it sounds to be since you are cycling already!

  3. Hi! I stumbled upon your blog by doing a google search of “running after hysterectomy”. I am so happy I did. I am a 41 mother of two and a full time 2nd grade teacher in Michigan. I am a runner though I don’t put a lot of miles in during the summer, I’ve ran 7 1/2 marathon’s in the past 5 years. I have had a hard 3 years with cycle and have endometrosis and adenomyosis. The bleeding and clotting have been difficult not to mention the cramping, pain and overall moodiness. Ugh. I didn’t like living in my own skin. So… in addition to being referred to an OB by my regular Dr., I started back on track with my running. I am currently in my 7th week of a 20 week run camp – training for a May 4th 1/2 marathon. I am loving the structure of my training and eating better. In addition, I’ve had labs and an ultrasound done for the OB. I saw him last week and he suggested that I undergo a hysterectomy (I’ve tried everything else he would suggest with no relief). He was able to get me in very soon due to a cancelled surgery. I am scheduled for a lap. hysterectomy on Feb. 18th. I have 3 weeks off from school. I am excited to have the surgery and feel like I have everything in place. My one fear is losing my fitness and even more not being able to run again. I have spent most the evening trying to find suggestions and tips on getting back to running. All I have found (before you blog) is negativity. Some even saying that one won’t run again without prolapse. I’ve read through all of your blog posts tonight and am so relieved to hear from someone who is still a runner after having a hysterectomy. I read your suggestion above about not running too soon. Do you think it’s realistic to still expect to run the half-marathon on May 4th? It was my race goal to PR (which for me is anything under 2 hours).

    I laughed out loud through your posts. We have a lot in common. I especially love your strong spirit and general badass mother runner attitude.

    Any further tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Again, so thankful to have found your blog!
    Nicole

    P.S. Have you checked out anothermotherrunner.com? I think you’d like it. 🙂

    1. Hi Nicole!

      And first of all, thank you so so much for your lovely comment. I read it first thing this morning and had to show it to my husband as I felt so touched.

      I am sorry you are having such a crap time with endo. It is one of those horrible things that just turns your life upside down and can make (makes!) you absolutely miserable. My operation has made me feel so much better and I didn’t really even have that much of it (especially as it was lasered the year before). It has been beyond wonderful to ditch all the paraphernalia that went with periods and I promise you; once you have had your surgery you will feel like a whole new woman. You will have your body (and largely, at least in my case, mental health) back. It’s great that you have a date so soon!

      And you are one seriously impressive lady! All that running and racing can’t have been easy with all the “lovely” side-effects that go with endo. Wow. Seriously – wow.

      I can relate to your fear of losing the fitness, I totally get it. However, it is hard to see the big picture especially when you have a specific race goal in mind. You WILL get back to your level of fitness and in fact you will probably be collecting PBs soon. There are a lot of people out there who like to focus on the negative stuff and scare those who want to get back to their normal activities. Of course there are cases where, for whatever reason, that won’t be possible. Just like some people get lung cancer from smoking and melanoma from being out in the sun. Usually though, a fit woman like you will bounce back like a rubber ball. Letting the scaremongers dictate your life is no way to live, I don’t think. You will get back to running after the operation.

      Prolapse? Again – sure, sometimes things happen but this hasn’t happened to me or to anyone I know who has had a hysterectomy and kept on running afterwards. I am not a doctor so please take anything I say as the words of someone who can only relate to her own experience but these would be my top tips:

      – Give yourself two or so weeks of complete rest. No lifting, no hero antics, no long walks etc. Pure rest. You will only have a few small scars from a laparoscopic hysterectomy but there is a lot of healing that is going on inside. Not the least the stitches in the cervix (or where the cervix used to be like in my case). This is your foundation – don’t feel guilty. You need this. See how you feel, you might need longer than two weeks.

      – When you can get back to being out and about start by walking. As a runner you probably feel the same way like I do about walking – it is frustrating and not nearly fast enough. It doesn’t feel effective. Oh, but it is. And it is a gentle way to get your cardio back. If I had had access to a gym I might have started on the elliptical as well – fab for cardio but the lack of impact is more gentle for your insides.

      – Only after you have seen your doctor, should you go for a run. The cervical stitches take a long time to heal and you don’t want to mess with these. When you do go on your first run, the smart thing would be to go easy and see how you feel. Any pain? Stop. Ease into it (I am not very good at this but then I am an idiot)

      – If you have a physio you could go to I would definitely recommend this. I started having a niggling injury sometime after going back to running and it was explained to me that this largely came from weakened core. During the operation they have to cut through your abdominal muscles and there is a lot of internal trauma. Also, the removed organ(s) leave a void which means the other internal organs move around a bit to fill the space. Stuff you don’t really feel but in my case poor core meant my gait was off and I ended up with a leg injury. Just simple things like trying to engage the deeps abdominal muscles helps.

      I do think you will be able to run your half-marathon on the May 4th. Your prep for this run is done during your recovery period so don’t focus so much on the PR. Running it in under 2 hours is very respectable but this might not be the time for it – but then chances are you will totally smash it. Just take the pressure off. See this as the first race of your “new life”. No more endo, no more adenomyosis, no more bleeding or blood clots. After this your period or cramps will never get in the way of your running or training again. You have so many races to do after this – maybe the half in May is a good chance to just say “I can do this. I am a runner (with or without my uterus)!”.

      Keep me posted on how you get on. Come and have a moan when you need one or share your elation (that first run after will be a-ma-zing!).

      Onwards and upwards!

      Hxx

  4. I love reading your blog! You are an inspiration to me as a runner after hysterectomy. My procedure is almost two weeks behind me. Everything went very smoothly and I was able to keep my ovaries. The recovery has been a bit slow. I feel better one day and then not so great the next. I have one more week off from work (I am a 2nd grade teacher). I’m looking forward to my 2 week appointment with my doctor on Monday. I still have quite a bit of soreness but I’ve been walking on the mill. I’ve read and re-read your post about the days following your surgery. They give me hope that I’ll will be running soon. Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Nicole! Welcome to (showbiz voice coming up) the other side! I am so glad the op went well and your ovaries are still hanging in there (so to speak) – that’ll make things easier. Have you had any night sweats? I had some after the op and freaked out that my ovaries were on strike but I think it was the Tramadol (also gives you craaaazy dreams!). The weeks after the op are really weird as in a way you feel great but on the other hand you’re still very much recovering so be kind to yourself. Sounds like you are doing amazingly though! And have you had the revelation yet that there will be no more periods, ever! Never, ever! It took my ages to chuck out my tampons but I may have done a little fist pump of glee when I finally did. And to walk to the “female hygiene” aisle in the supermarket and realise you will never have to have to stop there again… 🙂 Thanks so much for keeping me posted on your recovery, and for letting me know that my blog has helped you. It means a lot. Take care of yourself and you will very soon be out there running stronger than ever! Xx (probably sooner than me with my stupid injured leg)

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