In May of 2000 I realized I had no quality of life. My periods had taken total control and I had my period every 18 to 20 days with raging PMS. I would blood clot for four to five days, not even being able to leave the house, which made caring for my children impossible. I would flow through pads every ten minutes, changing them every 20 minutes on average. I would bleed in between periods. My periods would last up to eight to ten days. There was no relief in site. My periods were ruining my life. I realized I had to do something fast… I could no longer live like this.
I needed to really educate myself about hysterectomies. So, I went on the Internet and when I searched for Hysterectomy, right before my very eyes this address popped up. Female Alternative Surgery. I literally had tears streaming down my face because right here before me was Dr. Tirso del Junco Jr., a Doctor who specialized in helping women like me without doing a hysterectomy. I called my husband immediately. He was incredibly supportive and excited. We had finally found it… I had waited so many years for this moment. It was like a day at Disneyland.
I saw my female gynecologist again on July 13, 2000, and she once again gave me the same story about fibroids and hysterectomy. She suggested I go for a consultation on a new procedure called The embolisation process. I knew in my heart this wouldn’t work for me because my fibroid was too large.
She really didn’t give me any new options. In fact, she told me that she had felt bigger fibroids in other women and that my condition didn’t seem that unbearable. This really got me worked up and I just shot back at her I am not just any other woman and I am not imagining my symptoms. I let her know about Dr. del Junco Jr. and that I intended to get a second opinion. She recommended I go for a consultation for the embolisation or that maybe she could try to do a myomectomy, depending upon where the fibroid was located. I gave her the web address for Dr. del Junco Jr. and realized that she was very unsupportive of my decision.
I called Dr. del Junco Jr’s office that day to talk about the procedure. Shortly, Patricia Marshall Dr. del Junco Jr’s nurse, called me back and answered all my questions …big and small. She was so wonderful and you could tell she really believed in the program. For the first time in 12 years, I had some real answers and hope. Patricia told me over the phone what I would need for my consultation with Dr. del Junco Jr. She let me know all the insurance procedures, and I was set to meet with Dr. del Junco Jr. I was ready to get on with it and move my feet forward. I felt confident that now was the right time.
I went to see Dr. del Junco Jr. on July 27, 2000. Upon arrival I found an office staff who were absolutely wonderful. As David and I were filling out paperwork, there was a questionnaire of symptoms felt, I was astonished by just how many problems I had been living with for so many years. It made me sick and saddened that this had gone on for so many years. Needless to say, I was ready to meet the doctor. I felt positive that I was in the right place and quite literally in the right hands. My husband and I walked into Dr. del Junco Jr.’s office and felt instantly comfortable. He looked over my ultrasound report and confirmed my disease. For some reason that word disease hit me like a ton of bricks. Up to this point, I had been in denial. I thought so many times if I just ignored it, it would go away.