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“An unexpected high risk pregnancy at 37 years of age resulted in a diagnosis that would change my life forever. I was diagnosed with uterine fibroids and after years of wanting to conceive the chances of that happening again seemed poor. I was advised by my OBGYN to consider having a preventive hysterectomy due to fibroid related issues. My husband was stationed in another state and requested I wait until after the holidays to have the surgery in order to assist in my recovery. I knew in that moment my fears were staring me right in the eyes. It was time to accept the fact that I would never carry and deliver another child.
I spoke with my husband and agreed to postpone the surgery. In the weeks to come, with much prayer, I arrived at a place spiritually where I felt an enormous amount of peace. I accepted where God had positioned me and through all of my pain, if this was his will it shall be done. I focused on my three children and realized there are women in this world who wish, hope and pray to have just one child. I prayed with gratitude and gave the desire to have another child over to God. My husband and I made it through the holidays with little worry about the future. Due to conflicts in scheduling after the first of the year my procedure was delayed, and on March I discovered that I was pregnant with our fourth child. We had completely given up the desire for another child. Therefore, I knew that it was only through our obedience to let go and let God that I was able to conceive. The announcement of my pregnancy was quite a surprise to not only me and my husband, but our family and friends we stunned as well.
After shocking my gynecologist with the news of my positive pregnancy test, she informed me this pregnancy would need to be carefully monitored due to my age and my medical history. After months of maternal fetal monitoring my challenging pregnancy ended in an emergency cesarean, and in 2009 I delivered a baby girl at 34 weeks.
Shortly after delivery I shared with my husband that I felt as if I was living outside of my body, and could not shake the feeling. One evening, shortly after that discussion, I was rushed to the emergency room due to almost collapsing in the shower. My blood pressure was 185/115 (normal blood pressure for an adult age 20 and over is 120/80). I was released from the hospital and instructed to see a specialist. After scheduling an appointment with a cardiologist, and going through a barrage of test, I was diagnosed with Left Ventricular Hypertrophy (enlargement and thickening (hypertrophy) of the walls of your heart’s main pumping chamber (left ventricle) resulting in Hypertension.
My cardiologist assured me I could turn this situation around through hard work, dedication and commitment. I lost 20lbs in 3 months after committing to a plan of healthy choices and increasing my daily activity. This was the beginning of overcoming yet another battle with my health. Medically, I was now characterized as a 37 year old African American female who suffered from hypertension, obesity and uterine fibroids, but that was not who God created me to be. I refused to wear those labels.
I knew that God didn’t bless me to make it through one challenging battle, to lose to another. I was diligent and stuck to the regimen designed by the cardiologist. He eventually discontinued one of the blood pressure medications after I successfully lost the first 20 lbs. I have lost a total of 70lbs through consistent diet and exercise. I am managing my fibroids and have noticed the more weight that I lose the less of an issue they are to me. In February of 2015 I transitioned to a vegan lifestyle. That transition was life changing and has continued to play a big part in my weight loss. I am scheduled to see the cardiologist in a few months to discuss discontinuing the last blood pressure medication. I overcame the challenging battle to conceive again due to my fibroids, and now I am determined to beat yet another diagnosis.
Written by Davetta M. Hammond