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pato58
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I have some great news; the pathology of my cancer is Endometrioid Adenocarcinoma, stage 1A. 
I am very happy!
Follow up every 4 months in the beginning, but the 1st visit is in 3 weeks.
Thank you to everyone of you who prayed for me and shared your sentiments. It was a lifesaver during such a trial period.
I will be following your journey online very often. You are all in my thoughts!!!

MugsBugs
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Couldn‘t get a better prognosis.  Just remember to take care of yourself until you are fully recovered!

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pato58
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MugsBugs, right now my belly is all black and blue with bruises and my DH is putting shots of Lovenox on my belly, twice a day, to avoid blood clots.
Also, I have this weird feeling on the vaginal area, like feeling like I need to pee often and my hubby noticed the stiches closing the vaginal cuff?
Will they absorve themselves?
Hugs

MugsBugs
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Shots to stop blood clots are scary!  I didn't have any of that.  I had robotic surgery.  I bled the first few days but I didn't notice any stitches in the nether regions.  My husband said it looked like I had been hit by a machine gun because I had 5 holes going across my belly.  I also didn't have any outside stitches.  I was closed up with glue (looked like plastic).  It took about 2 1/2 weeks for it to dissolve.  The bruising also takes some time to go away.  For the first week I wore the belly binder whenever I was out of bed.  It helped a lot.  I also walked with a pillow.  We have a golden retriever and I was panicked that he would jump on my belly.  He seems to realize that something was wrong and he didn't jump on me.

The weird feeling is normal.  It was a strong feeling for the first few weeks.  Even after 6 months I still occassionally get that feeling.  You have to remember a lot of stuff was removed and some stuff is trying to find a new home.  It takes time.  I have my 6 month checkup next month.

 

Take care!

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I also had robotic surgery. So, did they not recommend Lovenox shots to you, not even once a day? 
I also have the 5 incisions across my belly ( I actually thought they looked like nipples, hahaha)

MugsBugs
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The only medication after surgery was percoset for pain!  Do you have a history of blood clots?

 

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I had a complete hysterectomy before chemo/radiation and my husband had to give me the shots (I had a total of 30, once a day).  My Dr. said it was to prevent blood clots as well. It worked because I didn't get any! (I could not do the shots myself, but my husband said "I have given cattle shots before, I can do it" lol I said "what am I, a heifer?" I sure counted down the days. (we alternated between the stomach and thigh, since I have more fat in the thigh). 

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So happy for you. May you continue to heal and remain free of cancer.

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Jairoldi, are those your grandkids? Beautiful pic

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Thanks. These are my two youngest grandchildren and a delight to my heart.

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again

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Fantastic news!

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Soup for your kind thoughts! 

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Fabulous! Best news you could get!

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Cheese, how are you feeling?
I had a good experience at Cooper.
I was in a private room, in the new building (I requested that!) and I am satisfied with the attention Smile

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again and I hope we keep in touchLaughing

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Glad to hear your cancer was removed at an early stage! Hope you heal quickly. Remember to listen to your body and get rest and keep moving too!

P.S. The vaginal cuff can’t be seen externally. A doctor uses a spectulum to open the vagina to see the vaginal cuff where your cervix prior to removal was located.  Internal stitches dissolve over time. 

Lori

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I appreciate your explanation about the vaginal cuff. So the internal stiches (sorry for my ignorance) are closing what area? They look pretty strong to dissolve themselves! Sealed
Hugs Laughing

 

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Pato58, There are usually two layers of stitches-stitches that are not visiblue that hold muscles together and then stitches that are external that can be seen that keep the skin together. The external stitches in some cases can be metal staples or surgical adhesive (glue). Depending on how many incisions you had to allow the laparoscopic instruments to be inserted into your pelvis or abdomen to remove your uterus and cervix- you may have had a combination of sutures that dissolve and those that don’ t dissolve and or surgical glue. There probably are videos of laparoscopic or “DaVinci” surgical removal of the uterus and cervix on YouTube on the Internet. Probably not for the “faint of heart”.  If you have sutures in the opening of your vaginal “vault” then there must have been part of your surgical procedure that as via your vaginal opening.

Lori

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I am so pleased to hear such good news! :)

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Laughing

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all my beautiful and strong ladies Kiss
Enjoy the weekend!

 

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No, not really. The only thing is that i am quite overweight and I take 40 mgs (minimal dose) of Diovan for high blood pressure. I am not even diabetic as my Ac1 is normal. No previous cancer history either.

Yesterday I started spotting again upon urinating, I saw a small blood clot in the toilet.
I am kind of suspecting that maybe twice a day Lovenox is making my blood too thin?
Did you bleed a little after surgery? Ladies, did you, 8 days after surgery?
Thanks!

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I was on one shot of Lovenox for 14 days after surgery. 

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I will have to call Dr, as this makes me a little confusedUndecided
Take care 

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I had lovenox once a day for about 2 weeks. As someone who had a pulmonary embolism 10years ago its a small price to pay. You don’t want one believe me.

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Believe me, I am OK with the shots!
Forgive for the question, were you overweight at the time of surgery? I am at least 45 pounds over myself.
I called the nurse today, and I got the answer "because of my weight, I have to have them twice a day"; but, twice a day for 1 month?Undecided

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I was overweight at the time of my surgery. I'm 5' 7.5" and had crept up close to 190# by the then (age, stress, bad habits, exercise, etc -- all the known culprits). My picture, here, was taken 3 months before diagnosis. After surgery I was in the low 170-higher 160 range and I had to do the shots 1x day for a month. The nurses's response makes sense in that dosages are usually calculated to body volume, which includes both height and weight. 

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Pato, I’m sorry I probably made it sound like a lecture. I wasn’t overweight at the time of surgery because I lost about 30 lbs in the few months before surgery. When I had the blood clot 20 years ago I had had abdominal surgery, but wasn’t given anything to prevent clots. I think that the shots are much more common now after this type of surgery, but Im hyper vigilant about clots now as it was one of the scariest episodes in my life. After my first chemo I took a short trip a week later and I was prescribed the shots again. Chemo tends to make the blood thicker.

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I think you provided me with important information. 
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you made me smile as I am very overweight but my height is 4ft 11inch, quite short.
So, you lost like 20 pounds after surgery! 
How are you feeling these days?
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Yes I lost 20#, probably around 10# from stress from my diagosis and my mother having died 6 weeks earlier, and 10# from having my diseased uterus removed. 

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Sometimes, when it rains, it pours, right? Embarassed

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I'm overweight as well - 5'5" and about 175 pounds.  I was given the lovenox once a day for 14 days because I have a heart arrhythmia.  I lost 15 pounds during the month after surgery, and gained 15 during chemo - which I have kept, unfortunately!

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