Cynthia Bailey

Cynthia opens up about her battle with fibroids.

on Nov 19, 20130

Thoughts:

Kandi: I pray that Kandi will be able to convince Miss Joyce to respect her love and commitment to Todd. There is nothing like being in love and finding the man you want to spend the rest of your life with. Although I don't think it's ever a good idea for kids to be put in the middle of grown folk issues, I loved watching Riley support and comfort her mother.



Porsha: I also pray that Porsha finds the ministry that I know is inside of her to forgive Kordell, and take the necessary steps to move on with her life in a productive and positive way. My heart goes out to Porsha for being blindsided by the news of Kordell filing for divorce, and I think he was wrong not to tell her to her face. However, two wrongs don't make a right. It's not always easy to take the high road when you are hurting, but in the long run at least you still have your integrity and dignity. In good times and bad times, never comprise who you are.

40 comments
raymiller05
raymiller05

I was diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 17. I was told I would never have children. Luckily I was blessed with a child when I was 21. Unfortunately I suffered all of those symptoms in addition to the fact that I hemorrhaged after my daughter. This lead to me having a hysterectomy at 22 at my doctors urging. I hope this surgery helps and you are better able to manage. I am glad that you are being vocal about what you are going thru. My hope is that others who are suffering will see you and look at their options rather than feel pressured into a hysterectomy, like I was.

creemo
creemo

I was happy to see that episode.I was watching you and your symptoms and thinking that is me! Even down to others reaction with your weight gain, I was in tears.

janej1-
janej1-

I had the same surgery 10 years ago when it was experimental. Funny I wanted them to take it all out and the insurance company wouldn't approve it so I did other instead. Because it was experimental neither insurance or I had to pay for it. It worked for the most part but I had so many and they were so BIG it did not go away completely. Not even menopause would cure me so I now take medication to control the bleeding. I hope your out come is much more successful than mine.

sdotnyc1
sdotnyc1

So glad that you had a speedy recovery and are doing well!  God bless!

yolsmoo87
yolsmoo87

May God be with you in recovery Cynthia!  Just remember not to invite Kenya to any more of your events because she's drama

Toeknee
Toeknee

Hope you're feeling better....good on you for talking about it so that other women can relate

etrainingcafe
etrainingcafe

I am happy you are recovering.  I had that surgery.  It's rough during the recovery.  I am glad your husband and mom was there for you. Your husband has redeemed himself.:}  I would like for your sister to come around. She just need to get over herself  and you two need to come together because you were close and I am sure  both of you are heart broken.  I can't wait to hear more and see  stuff about your school.  One of the reasons ATL Housewives is so successful is because you all have careers that inspire others to do the same.    I really like the short Sophia Loren streaked hair style. That is you.  Sophisticated and beautiful.  I am waiting on your perfume line. I think since you been all over the world you would come out with a good one.  Happy Holidays.

anonemus1
anonemus1

Thank you for sharing your journey.

I have been through a similar summer. I just went back to work today after my embolization surgery last Wednesday. I was planning on doing it next month, but during the biopsy the docs required for the UAE my GYN thought she would remove a "polyp" that ended up being one of my fibroids which she then couldn't stop the bleeding of. So I was sent to the hospital and they did an Emergency UAE! Well, At least I had only one day where I felt really lousy. I am hoping that the outcome will be good and my anemia and other problems (very similar to yours) will be gone in a few months. It is good to watch your storyline and know that I am not alone in this. I am sure you noticed all of your problems developed over time. Especially the problems anemia can bring like brain fog and tiredness and shortness of breath. You just aren't the same person and it can be really frustrating. Thank you so much for sharing. It is not glamorous and I just really want to express my thanks to you for sharing! MB

keifer2314
keifer2314

Cynthia, glad you are feeling better and getting your health back....nothing worse than when your pica chew isn't right.......love your style.......

amandag77
amandag77

Kandi didn't pull her daughter into grown issues. she was communicating with her about how she felt about Todd. she also had to question her about what her crazy mother was saying to her daughter. she had to find that out. her daughter is old enough to talk about how she feels about her relationship with todd. i think Kandi did a beautiful job of this. Her mother clearly has emotional/personality problems. glad you're feeling better!!

TSan
TSan

Boring storyline ::yawning::

shysharon
shysharon

I hope all is better! Thanks for a lil education!

Martinez8Betty
Martinez8Betty

Hello, my Beautiful Cindy,I Bless you with Perfect Health!!! God Bless you & Noelle...You Are A Gem.... #team Cynthia.........May you get Stronger each day.......

kimwt
kimwt

I also suffered from fibrioids.  I was severely anemic that I was denied life insurance.  I also developed pica and was addicted to ice.  I chewed ice from morning until night.

 

My periods were so bad...I would experience "flooding" and I wore both super tampons and pads for mess management.  I finally got them taken care of because when my husband and I were trying to conceive and were unsuccessful. I did testing, and it was discovered that the one fibroid (I had four) was pressing against my right fallopian tube, so the fibroid made it appear that the tube was blocked (I only have 1 functioning tube.)  I assumed I would need in-vitro fertilization and my doctor said before proceeding I needed to have the fibroids removed.  I did a myomectomy and post surgery further testing confirmed that my tube was open and the fibroid was causing the blockage.  Almost 1 year after the surgery I naturally conceived my son (who is now 2). 

 

I never believed that I could have a relatively pain free and short (4 days) period because I never experienced that in my entire life.  My anemia reversed and I can't stand ice!  I drink everything at room temperature. The myomectomy was hard, and required 6-weeks of recovery but so worth it.

 

So ladies...suffering with fibroids...please don't suffer in silence. Long and frequent periods are not the norm.

EastofHeden
EastofHeden

ooh, love Miss Cynthia !!  Thank you for all the information and bringing this problem to light that is keeping so many women down.  I too have been through all that and know how dibilitating , painful and embarrassing this condition can be.  I am so happy you were able to get the help and treatment you needed and then turned around to help others... beautiful ~ just like you, inside and out.  What a class act you are; such a pleasure to watch each week.  I wish you all the continued success, health , happiness , joy and love that you and yours deserve.  Much love xo

Ressak
Ressak

Cynthia, I had fibroids also, but I wasn't able to have children because of them. It took forever to find a doctor that gave a crap and knew about them. I must have gone through about 6. I ended up having a hysterectomy at 40. I am still not out of the woods, since they found out I had endometriosis. Sheesh you'd think they would have tested me. :) Anyway, your story made me cry but I am grateful you were able to get them taken care of, and that your doctor didn't tell you that you were coo coo (the second to last doctor I went to did....). Love to you and grateful you are doing better. You are not alone!

ladama
ladama

Cynthia, I am glad you are feeling better and life is good again.  I want to tell you that when you kissed Peter and burped in his mouth,it was so cute.  I know that sounds weird, but the look on your face was precious and full of love. I have never seen you look so pure and happy.

IHateDumbShyt
IHateDumbShyt

Cynthia, I'm happy you had that matter taken care of, it's no joke, it hurt's like heck! Anyway Cynthia I wanted you to know that I think you are GORGEOUS! and confident! Girl you can make an old dish rag look couture. You have had so many fabulous looks I really can't say which is my favorite. Humm wait! You were so beautiful on your wedding day , I really cried. And Peter! I don't know what he's doing but he getting more handsome each time I see him. He has that dark chocolate skin with that well groomed beard... one fine ass couple! Rock on!

vickyl258
vickyl258

Glad your doing better Cynthia!

My mother had fibroids in her early 40s and had a complete hysterectomy. They also removed both ovaries which put her into instant menopause.  She said her biggest regret was having her ovaries removed. Her Doctor gave her a choice and thought she should remove them. My Mom is 75 now and doing great and in great health... but she still regrets it. 

EloiseM
EloiseM

I wish you well, Cynthia.  You seem to be such a lovely person.  I'm still trying to find your wine here.   GET WELL SOON.

Pnutty97
Pnutty97

First of all, I'm glad Cynthia was able to get things taken care of and I'm hoping she's feeling better both physically and mentally. I too dealt with fibroids and they are just nasty. I had to keep a stash of "supplies" at work and sometimes had to leave work, shower again, and rush back to work. Of course after all of that loss of blood, who the heck has any energy? Now Cynthia was brave enough to see her doctor and I on the other hand was scared; I am a Lupus survivor that was having a nasty nasty flare-up. I felt as though I already had so many things wrong that I couldn't fathom hearing any more bad news. After a while, all of those huge clots and the mess I made became "the norm" for me. After my experience, I would encourage every woman to have all of their female exams regularly and get things taken care of ASAP.  In 2009 I contracted the swine flu (H1N1), was in a coma for 5 months and in and out of the hospital for the following 2.5 years. The only reason why I'm sharing this is because since I've been  out of the coma, I have not seen a drop of blood (YIPPIE). The coma knocked me into menopause and got rid of those nasty fibroids.

Kymmie
Kymmie

Happy to hear your fibroids are under control.

You can rock a wig, girlfriend!!!  XO

1totellthetruth@
1totellthetruth@

Thanks for your informative blog. I am having the symptoms you described and has prompted me to get it checked out. Thank you!

TyeTye
TyeTye

Hi Cynthia, i too have a problem with fibroids. have been battling them since i was a kid. i know how you feel. glad our ok. hang in there. they are very common. god bless you sistah

cavex2
cavex2

I have enjoyed watching you and wish you the best.  One of my favorite things about the show is to see what hairstyle you are rocking, what eyeshadow choices you made and what you are wearing.  But you dear lady, are not just a gorgeous model, you are so sincere and honest.  I enjoy watching you.  

I am happy to hear you are feeling better.  You deserve the best life possible.

joanne.poccia
joanne.poccia

Glad that you are okay.  Best of health to you and your family.  Without good health you have nothing.

Judysea
Judysea

Glad to see you on the road to good health. After my surgery my doctor encouraged me to increase the amount of fiber I consummed...so far it is working.

Candy_V
Candy_V

Glad you are better. 

About Prosha - If a-hole, ops, Kordell did not ruin her wedding dress and box her stuff up so badly I think Prosha wouldn't have said alot of the things she said this week, but he was a #1 a-h and deserved what she said.  I truly believe only jerk trying to be a jerk would do what he did.  I agree with most of the things you say but this week with Prosha is in NO place to forgive Kordell (ah) right now.  It is too new and he is still so hurtful towards her

mom22boys
mom22boys

Thanks, Cynthia, for your education about fibroids.  I have been suffering with fibroids since my youngest son (now 11) was born.  My doctor acts like she doesn't want to do anything about them but "keep an eye on them".  I have one on my left side that has sent me to the ER two different times while I was on my period because it hurt like a kidney stone.  It's as embarrassing as hell and other women do not really understand.  Thanks to you, I am encouraged to find another doctor and do something about it to get my life back!!

KraftyKat
KraftyKat

I had the exact same operation several years ago.  It was an easy operation and the results were totally successful!  BUT it does take up to half a year to start to see the results as the fibriods need to shrivel..hang in there, it gets easier and it was worth it!

kadijah
kadijah

HI Cynthia, thank you for sharing, I'm glad that your feeling better.

kristar
kristar

Cynthia, first of all, you are my favorite character on this show! You are actually normal minded (even though you're a model lol).  But, I went to the ER a few years ago for severe pain, and guess what, fibroids.  I know your pain, girl! It is not easy to deal with.  Good luck to you!

L.I.oness
L.I.oness

Miss B, It is good to hear that you are feeling well and getting back on track!

 

I had severe endometriosis removed several years ago. It had done its work outside the uterine wall, suffocating one filopian tube and one ovary, which had to be removed. I remember that feeling of gratitude when I woke up after the surgery, safe and well taken care of. It felt so good in the following weeks to get healthy again and to start feeling like myself again! Once your body has been rid of something unhealthy there is that sense of feeling lighter physically and emotionally.

 

All the best to you as you move onward with your spirits and your head up!

MarinaCece
MarinaCece

I, too, have suffered with uterine fibroid tumors.  Like you, I was fortunate to have had a Gynecologist who believed in UFE rather than hysterectomy (although that was an option had the tumors grown outside the uterus).  It is important for all women to be aware of the changes in their bodies and to call the doctor should there be a suspicion that something is unusual. To my fellow women, please do not be afraid and play ostrich-call your doctor-your very survival depends on you being proactive.  Fibroid tumors are a common malady, not only with woman of color but with Caucasians as well.  Bottom line, thank you Cynthia for using your position to highlight this issue!

leenelvis
leenelvis

Thank you for explaining and be so real about fibroid s - so many woman suffer.  This was be a real Real Housewife.  Kudo's to you!

Blink
Blink

Great blog Cynthia.  Porsha is showing us reality; she's hurt, angry and young which can lead to some negative reactions to lash out.  Appreciate the fact you didn't bash her unlike Ms. Kenya.

Kim-Pgh
Kim-Pgh

Thank you so much for airing your fibroid embolization.  Too many women go through unncessary hysterectomies - one of the most over performed procedure in this country.  I too suffered from fibroids and was blessed with a good doctor who said there were several options and a hysterectomy is the last resort in treatment as far as he was concerned.  He also told me "You aren't going to realize how bad you feel until you start feeling better".  Wasn't sure exactly what he meant, but 3 months later when my blood count returned to  normal and I didn't have any pain I though "Wow I was really sick".

You too will wake up one morning and have your energy and zest for life back.  Take care yourself and God Bless you pretty lady!

suppercat
suppercat

 @TSan

 TSam, you must be a male and would not understand the ramification of fibroids.  To us women it is educational and better that cat fights among the women.  I applaud Cynthia for sharing.

24hrhousewife
24hrhousewife

@mom22boys U need bother opinion! I had a partial hysterectomy to get rid of mine. That's not for everyone but it beats having fibroids.

sedgrl
sedgrl

 @mom22boys You def need a new doctor! Don't let this one decide what is ok for you to live with! I just got a new ob/gyn and I lucked out. I hope you do too. :)