Congratulations on finding your way and taking control of your medical care.
>From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Helen Dynda)
>To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <email@example.com>
>Subject: Our bodies are not like cars............
>Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 11:28:00 -0500
>What a strange title I have used for the subject - but when I had
>surgery (a laparotomy) in 1970, I went into it "blind" - expecting the
>surgeon to help me become pain-free.
>My doctor and my surgeon never mentioned the word, adhesions, to me!!! I
>thought that surgery was just a simple procedure. I thought that my
>surgeon, with his vast knowledge about the human body and surgical
>experience, would be able to "fix it" for me. WRONG!!!!!
>I knew next to nothing about the human anatomy. I was illiterate about
>it - and there weren't any stores such as B.Dalton or Barnes and Noble
>Bookstores (previous to and including 1970)
>I was so sure that by undergoing surgery, the surgeon would be able to
>locate the source of the pain which was draining me physically and
>mentally - which no x-rays or blood tests could do. I was convinced
>that surgery was the answer - that the surgeon would be able to give me
>back a pain-free life.
>When I look back to that time in my life - I was 38 at the time - my
>mentality of the human body could be compared to that of a mechanic
>fixing a car. Little did I realize, at that time, that our bodies are
>The moral of my story is...."Education is the key to surviving chronic
>pelvic pain." Bev said it so well, especially yesterday! I encourage you
>to read her pep-talk. I have one final thought to add:
>WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW CAN HURT YOU: KNOWLEDGE IS POWER IN A DOCTOR/PATIENT
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