We have our life back. During the last year of our lives, I never thought I would utter those words. Well, I just did and without you, I would be fearful to know where my marriage and most importantly my wife would be. I really am not sure where to begin. I have been with the one whom my heart will always follow for the better part of 11 years. She is the strongest most resilient person I have ever known who always can see the silver lining in any situation professionally as well as personally. She is a protector of our family and will never allow anything or anyone to jeopardize the family she has built……..until endometriosis.
We have two beautiful children and our lives really couldn’t be any better. My wife has always been physically active and we both appreciate the downtime from our busy careers to be with our children. Be there emotionally for them goes without saying but also for the things that most people take for granted such as giving a bath, running after them for a quick hug, or just getting down on the ground to put a puzzle together. This has all been taken away from us until Dr. Seckin came into our life. During all monumental events over the last year and a half my wife and I, unfortunately, do not remember what truly mattered and why we were attending these events. What is pronounced in our memories were the violent effects of the silent killer we now know is endometriosis. Our oldest was graduating kindergarten which is a huge milestone in any family’s life and that was all taken away from my wife with excruciating burning, pain, and pressure. Emotionally my wife was disconnected from myself as well as the children through this entire process. She was constantly reminded of how she felt and was quite frankly an introvert due to the pain which is on the other side of the spectrum in describing my wife. Maybe even the worst part of this disease is that before proper diagnosis my wife literally thought she was going insane. Some good days…mostly terrible days…and rarely a good day would sneak in. She would always try to be the one in control of this disease and “get through it”. There is nothing worse than seeing the one you love “get through life”. I always make things better for my wife and children and for once in my life I was totally helpless. We are both parts of the medical community so we understand disease states and what follows for the patient but what we didn’t know was that endometriosis was attacking her EVERYWHERE. We decided to make an appointment to see her OB.
My wife has always had heavy bleeding during her menstrual cycle accompanied by severe cramping for as long as I can remember. Last October her OB diagnosis was several ovarian cysts which he said was the reason why she was experiencing all the pain. We were nervous about the surgery but extremely optimistic that after that surgery she would bounce back the way my wife always had. Well, she opened her eyes after surgery and was in pain. Not the surgery type of pain but only the pain a woman knows that has endometriosis. The OB stated that once inside laparoscopically, he noticed the cysts were not the real problem. He unveiled that there was endometriosis literally covering every vital organ in her. Her bowel, intestine, kidneys, uterus, etc. He did what any good OB would do. He took the cysts out and ablated all of the endometriosis. A 20-minute simple surgery turned into over two hours. The minute I heard ablation was the minute I knew my wife would not only be in pain going forward but more pain than she had ever experienced. We were lost. Again we were trying to be optimistic. Weeks went by….then months…..and my wife felt worse. The burning, pressure, and pain were now out of control. My wife had never told anyone about her diagnosis of endometriosis until Christmas Eve where she opened up to my step sister. My step sister’s jaw literally dropped when she heard the news and said “I can’t believe I didn’t know this”. My step sister went through the same thing as my wife and her life were literally changed by this miracle maker…..Dr. Seckin…..Well, that’s all we needed to hear. We called the office and made an appointment. We both sat down with Dr. Seckin and my wife began explaining her symptoms and literally started crying thinking Dr. Seckin believed she was making this up and that she “was going crazy”. For the first time in my life I didn’t see a doctor in front of me but a man….a man that knew what my wife was going through…..a man that has dedicated his life to eradicating endometriosis…..a man that showed compassion for my wife and said he can fix this…..a man that changed my wife’s life forever. Dr. Seckin assured us everything will be fine and fully described the surgery ahead of all of us. After this meeting with him, I soon realized this surgery is more complex than brain surgery….literally. Aside from the complex hysterectomy, he would excise each and every piece of endometriosis he found. Excise not ablate. This is what my wife and I wanted to hear.
My wife had a full hysterectomy. She was in surgery for over 6 hours. The minutes passed like hours while I was waiting for my princess to wake up. Dr. Seckin visited me just as soon as he was done performing his miracle and said to me he cannot believe what he found and that she was even a functioning human being. I was and still am to this day so appreciative to him. I was happy, but in the back of my mind, I still had the fear that the surgery wouldn’t be a total success. I was able to see my wife about half an hour later. When she opened her eyes she said “ITS GONE!!!” I was in complete shock. The pressure was gone…..the burning was gone…..the pain was gone. Dr. Seckin had done it. He put my wife back on track to enjoy her life rather than getting through it. I can go on and on about Dr. Seckin. It has been only 4 short weeks since the operation and my wife is doing better each and every day.
You are literally a godsend to me and my wife. Thank you.
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