Earlier this week I actually went in to see my oncologist after our interesting phone conversation. I was almost due for my annual checkup anyway and I wanted to talk more about the fibroids, the endometrial lining and a troublesome lymph node under my left arm where I had the axillary node dissection. Thankfully, he fit me in.
The appointment went completely opposite of our phone call. He was open minded about the idea of getting a hysterectomy because of the size of the fibroids. He listened to my concerns about their size and whether or not they would grow. He seemed to hear me as I explained that I did not want to “sit around and wait.”
To make a long conversation short, he finally saw it my way after I expressed my repeated concerns about the growing tumors. Maybe they won’t cause cancer, but they are causing discomfort as they push on my bladder and left ovary. They certainly aren’t shrinking at this point. At the end of our appointment, he called a gynecological oncologist who works in the same building and scheduled an appointment for me to see her. The appointment is in two weeks.
I feel so relieved to have the appointment scheduled and to be able to talk about the best approach to this problem with a qualified gynecologist. I am not sure what course of action I will choose, but I am comforted to know I have a plan.
Thanks to everyone for your helpful comments. It really helped me to see that I wasn’t overreacting to the situation. I felt more empowered in my appointment and I feel more in control of the situation. At least for now.