It wasn’t easy to write about my story with Uterine Fibroids. When I first found out (read story from previous blogs), I became overwhelmed by lack of information about what it was, how I got that, if it was curable etc… My friends were telling me to get rid of it like I had a bad disease. I tried to, but the first ob gyn (which shall remain nameless) and the hospital that I went to told me that it might be too late and that I might have to get hysterectomy (the removal of the uterus) and that, in his words, told me in french “de toute manière cela arrive a toute les Haïtienne, tu peux attendre un an et tu peux toujours adopter” (it happens to all Haitians women anyway, you can wait a year and you always can adopt afterward)…
You know my instinct told me not to listen.. I tried to find inspiration, motivation and I fell into RareEbony‘s video on Youtube and she really inspired me to find better solution to what I had which was, like she would say, a silent sickness. The videos were made in 2008 and when I found out this year, she was still looking for solutions. Why do I chose her? Because I felt like her, like the doctor didn’t gave me any other options, like I was in shock and she motivated me to speak about it, that is the only way you can get the right help.
Here is the first part Rare Ebony where she was speaking about her symptoms, I had the same types of symptoms:
The second one she speaks more about her case and the problem of this “silent sickness”:
And the third part:
You can send her your support and write her an email or youtube message on her channel:
She really inspired me to learn more about what was happening with me. I kind of became obsessed. I stop eating pork right there, less carbs, less meat, more salads, more exercises, less alcohol, much more sleep, bigger connection with God, etc… As people started noticing, I was less noticeable in music events this year that I did in 2k8. Health became a prior part of my life. I spent much more time relaxing and slowing my pace a bit. It was hard but kept a positive attitude about it. And again, I kind of push back a lot of negative vibes around me, and it made a huuuuggge difference.
Another video, that one with Beverly Johnson, the first African-American supermodel who was on the cover of Vogue spoke about her personal experience with Uterine Fibroids.
Beverly Johnson also started a foundation ASK4TELL4, where she speaks about the Uterine Fibroids and is very concerned about women to get information about it, especially African-American women. The more you know, the better you’re informed and the quicker you can do something about it with the right doctors.
Hopefully I am doing my part by speaking about it and not letting this issue put to bed. Comment me or you can tell your own story here as well. Thank you for reading me.
Jeanica aka Miss Jhane