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14 Days Post-Op: My Journey to Prevent Ovarian Cancer

12/13/2007 01:23 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Today is two weeks since my surgery and I basically
feel as if I never had an operation. The best news I
can report is that I haven't had a single hot flash.
Not one. So far, surgical menopause is just something
I was anticipating and fearing - but haven't had to
deal with -- and maybe never will. I am not on any
hormones and won't be taking any unless my symptoms
change.

My biggest concern right now is getting myself on a
diet of good food and supplements to prevent
osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is usually associated with
older women who've gone through menopause naturally
and gradually - but since I've had my ovaries removed
and because I'm now in menopause - I need to care
about calcium and vitamin D more than most 37-year-old
women. Because of that, my doctor told me I should
schedule a base-line bone density test and I've also
decided to make an appointment with a nutritionist.

I go back to my surgeon next Tuesday for what I'm
expecting to be my last follow-up visit. While I'm a
little more tired than I'd like, my doctor has assured
me that my fatigue is simply the result of having had
a major operation and that I'll be back to my normal
energy level soon. That's good...and bad. I've gotten
used to puttering around my house, reading magazines,
and generally avoiding work...Well, all good rest must
come to an end...even if the R&R started because of
surgery.