When I was 22,
I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure, and that led to a hysterectomy.
They stuck me on progesterone, which threw my body into overdrive,
like a hormone overdrive. My moods were going up, they were going down,
and I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. And they had me on different medications.
But the thought in my head was kind of like, “Something is not right.”
I started doing some research online, just trying to find out any kind of information
about hysterectomies that I can, to see if I can kind of connect the dots with
things. At first, I felt a little nervous questioning
my doctor about my own findings of what I found online
and what I had researched in books. And I brought out my papers and I said,
“What if we just did estrogen? What are your thoughts about that?”
She was like, “Well, I’m glad you asked that question.”
When you hear that key thing, “I’m glad you asked that question.”
When you hear that, it’s this weight that is lifted off your shoulders.
Like, “Phew! “Okay, all right.
Now, now we can go forward!” From then, we found an estrogen that worked
for me. Complete change.
Like, two weeks later, I was back to myself. My life now is great.
I just feel really good. I went from 12 medications down to only two.
I gained so much knowledge by asking those questions.
I think a successful patient-doctor relationship is being able to ask one another questions
and being able to be open. We each bring something to the table.
I have the personal knowledge that I’ve gained from doing my research.
He’s got the education, he’s got the expertise. And putting those two together,
it’s like a match made in heaven. Now I walk in, I’m like,
“Oh, yeah, I’ve got a lot of questions for you!”