This will always be one of my most favourite photograph from our Morocco trip. Just two weeks before this trip, I had a 17cm cyst removed, that was hanging from my right ovary. We were on our way to Sahara desert, and on the way stopped at Ait Ben Haddou - a mud village from the early 17th century and, now, a UNESCO heritage. I was super tired from all the traveling, trekking and climbing and was just resting. @sofbinhak
sat beside me and hugged me from the side- leaning on him seems to take away all my pain. #lovestruck
Ovarian cyst is such a taboo topic, especially among people from third world countries like Bangladesh. I was first diagnosed by a doctor from Dhaka, and the remedy that I was suggested was to get pregnant immediately. Anyhow, didn’t listen to the doctor, and consulted my local GP in London. By then the cyst was measuring over 9cm, they had to take immediate action- surgery. However, ovarian cysts are quite dangerous, as they may lead to ovarian cancer and in many cases death too. I still wonder, how having a baby is solution to something that is life threatening. I was sent to do a CA 125 blood test, to confirm whether my cyst was cancerous or not, Alhamdulillah the result was negative. Nonetheless, by then my cyst was measuring over 12 cm. During my last appointment with gynaecologist, just few days before my surgery, I was mentioned that they were not yet sure about the position of my cyst, by then the bloody monster was already measuring 15 cm. So, I was informed to be prepared for the worst that they might need to remove my right ovary. I was devastated. But I think this is where the myth got busted too. The gynaecologist informed me that, we have two ovaries, and they both individually can produce egg cells and loosing a ovary will not stop any one from getting pregnant. So still the question remains, why having a baby is the ultimate solution?
On the 11th September, 2017, the 17 cm cyst was removed from my body, and Alhamdulillah my right ovary is still very much a part of my body. .
As a survivor of ovarian cyst, I believe it is my responsibility to break the taboo - getting pregnant is not the solution for ovarian cyst!