Two years ago, on April 1st, I was at the hospital having an emergency D & C to remove a mass in my uterus caused by a molar pregnancy. We thought I had been pregnant. I would of been about 3 1/2 months along. After the procedure the doctor informed me that it would be pretty much an impossibility to get pregnant ever again, due to problems with the procedure, but that because my HCG levels were so high, and remained high, it would be unsafe for me to to get pregnant anyway, that no baby could survive a pregnancy and that my chances of having uterine cancer were increased by 70% because of all this. Even though I was told that pregnancy was not likely to happen again at all, we chose to have an IUD inserted just to be sure. I was uncomfortable having tubes tied etc just because that is how I am. When it was inserted they cut the strings too short, and I was unable to check on the IUD except during that time of the month.
Since having an IUD inserted (TMI ALERT) my periods have been wacky. So I really didn’t think anything of it when they stopped in November. Though, in January I did take a pregnancy test just to see, even though I was having no pregnancy symptoms. It was negative. I chalked the lack of period up to my IUD misbehaving and didn’t really think about it again. Until about a month or so ago…
Suddenly my tummy was growing, I was gaining weight, and I started feeling sharp pains in my left side. The uterine cancer risk came back to me and I made an appointment with a doctor. My appointment was a month away!
A week later… I started feeling flutters… I didn’t want to get too excited after what happened last time, especially knowing the risk of cancer. I called the doctor and informed them of what was going on. When I got to my appointment on Monday they had me scheduled for several blood tests, and an ultrasound. After almost 4 hours at the hospital and the loss of a lot of blood through my arm, I walked out with a video of our very healthy, very active little girl and assurances that my HCG levels were perfectly normal, there was NO sign of uterine, or any, cancer, and my IUD was no where to be found!
We have been extremely blessed living in this area. A great church, great friends, beautiful surroundings, awesome community…. and now a new, completely unexpected surprise blessing!
Now just to figure out how to plant and harvest a garden, keep chickens alive, find a couple milk goats, learn how to milk goats, and plan and get ready for a new baby this summer!