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When mother-in-law becomes sidechick 3: a story of betrayal with lessons on fibroids

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Continued from episode 2.

It had been weeks since Didi heard the horrible news that ruined her life, it was now the third week into the new year and she was in Calabar. She had moved there shortly after the incident to clear her head after cutting off all channels of communication from her mother and Niyi who had tried endlessly to reach her but to no avail.

One day, her mother noticed that her underwear was soaked in blood and rushed to the hospital, after running some investigations, the doctor finally confirmed that she was having a miscarriage. “What must’ve gone wrong?” She asked the doctor a bit concerned and relieved at the same time. “We cannot say exactly what could have caused it” the doctor replied, “but some of the investigations we did revealed that you had uterine fibroids and that could Possibly be a risk factor. ” “I’ve heard about them before “her mother replied trying to recall all the information she knew,”but I really can’t remember much, please remind me” she begged. “That’s not a problem, I’ll tell you about it” the doctor said.

“Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus which is also known as your womb, they usually occur during childbearing years and can range in size from tiny to huge masses that can disfigure and enlarge the uterus(womb). Fibroids may grow slowly or rapidly or can remain the same size for a very long time. The cause is currently unknown but may be due to genetic changes or certain hormones in the body.eg. Estrogen.” “How can I tell if I have fibroids?” She asked “It’s a very common condition among women especially black women, some women may have it for a long time and may not even know because they might not experience any symptoms. While others may experience symptoms like prolonged menstrual periods (usually more than 7 days), heavy bleeding during periods, lower abdominal or pelvic pain, constipation, frequent urination, pain during sexual intercourse and abnormally enlarged abdomen depending on the size and location of the fibroid.”

“Are there any complications and is there anything that can predispose me to having it?” She queried further. “Yes there are, possible complications from fibroids are infertility and miscarriages like you already experienced, as for predisposing factors, if your mother or sister had fibroids, then you are at a higher risk of having it” the doctor explained. “What treatment options do I have?” She interrogated further, “there are a variety of treatment options, many women may not require any treatment if they don’t experience symptoms. However, for women experiencing symptoms, treatment options include certain types of drugs, procedures or surgery.” The doctor said. “So you are sure I’m having a miscarriage?” She asked again, “Absolutely” the doctor replied, “that’s great news” she thought to herself, I must find a way to let Didi and Niyi know at once.

She called Niyi who was unenthusiastic to hear from her and told him everything, she had tried Didi countless times unsuccessfully before then. Days ran into weeks and weeks ran into months till Didi returned home. One Saturday morning in November she arrived home looking forward to seeing her newborn younger sibling, she had made up her mind to forgive her mother and let go of the past as her mother had single handedly raised her to become the woman she was and had made huge sacrifices for her in the past, she made up her mind not to let any stupid man come between the bond they had once shared.
She took a deep breath and pressed the door bell, waiting for her mother to come to the door when suddenly she heard a male voice coming towards the door, “who is it?” He shouted as the door opened to reveal a half naked Niyi in his boxers sweating like he had just finished running a marathon, “I give up” Didi said throwing the baby gifts she had bought in his face, “I can’t continue like this” she cried running off to the streets to catch a taxi to the airport. She was off to Calabar to start a new life, never to return again.

THE END

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Dr.O is a graduate of the University of Szeged in Hungary who is on a mission to reduce the mortality rate in our society by creating awareness about preventable and non-preventable diseases and empowering people with the necessary knowledge and information they need to take charge of their health. checkwithdoctoro.com was co-founded by her as a means to fulfilling this mission. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) and Hungarian Medical Chamber certified doctor. When she is not busy looking for ways to make a difference in her environment, you can find her trying out new recipes in the kitchen or touring the world.