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Cynthia Gets Her Healthy Back

Cynthia opens up about her battle with fibroids.

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed another drama filled episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Apologies for not blogging last week. I will try to sum up the last two episodes without writing a book. I know we love our drama, but sometimes it’s nice to throw a little education and information into the mix.

Let's talk about fibroids! What are fibroids in the first place? Fibroids are growths (tumors) that develop from the smooth muscle layer of the uterus. They are the most common growths of the uterus and female pelvic organs. One study found that approximately 50% of women have them. Most often they are benign. Very rarely they can become cancerous (less than 0.5% of the time). Thank God!

How did the heck did I get fibroids? Doctors don't know the cause of uterine fibroids, however they do know that the growth of fibroids is dependent on estrogen production. This is the reason why fibroids have the potential to enlarge during pregnancy (when increased levels of estrogen are present) as well as to regress after menopause (when there are decreased levels of estrogen). They can be multiple or exist as a single large growth. They can be located on the surface of the uterus, in the wall of the uterus, or in the uterine cavity. I first found about my fibroids almost 14 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter Noelle. At that time, other than heavy menstrual bleeding, I had no other symptoms.

What are the symptoms? Most fibroids do not cause any symptoms and many women are unaware that they have them. Of course I was not so lucky! I had all kinds of symptoms:

Abnormal menstrual cycle: My period would show up at any time. And you guys know I don't like surprises! Wearing white pants was very tricky because of unexpected visitors. Umm embarrassing!Abnormally heavy menstrual bleeding: My cycle would last almost 8 days as opposed to 3 or 4 days. I was PMS-ing (the week before), then actually on my period (another week), and 1 week of normalcy before starting the whole thing all over again. I felt like my life revolved around my period. For the first time in years, we have white sheets on the bed.

Anemia: Had very low energy no matter how much sleep I got. I have been tired for the last 5 years!

Abnormally heavy menstrual periods that come more frequent than your normal cycle (less than every 28-30 days).

Pelvic pain/pressure

Painful menstrual periods: Had very bad cramping the first three days and very heavy blood clotting.

Pain during or after sexual intercourse: Certain positions would be very painful during sex. Good ol' missionary position was the most comfortable.
Pressure on the bladder, which can cause frequent urination: Sometimes I felt like I had to urinate really bad, and then it would be drip, drop, drip!

Acute or severe pelvic pain from twisting of the fibroid on its stalk, or from degeneration of the fibroid.

Who gets fibroids? Fibroids are more common in African American women than in women of other racial groups. One study showed that fibroids are three times more common in African American women than in Caucasian women. Additionally, fibroids tend to be larger and occur at an earlier age in African Americans. It is unclear as to why such differences exists.Why I chose Dr. Lipman to help me get my life back? Dr. Lipman is a pioneer in the development of uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) and is an active participant in clinical research trials that have helped demonstrate the safety and efficacy of UFE as a treatment for uterine fibroids.

Having performed the first UFE in Georgia, Dr. Lipman has the largest UFE experience in the United States and one of the largest worldwide experiences, having performed over 3,000 UFE procedures. He was the Principal Investigator for one the 23 core sites for the UFE National Fibroid Registry which enrolled over 3,000 women with symptomatic fibroids.

Thank you all for your well wishes and kinds words of encouragement throughout this ordeal. It has been about five months since I actually had the procedure (the recovery time was only one week), and I feel great! But this was only Step 1. I am a woman of a certain age, and I knew it was time to make a real investment in my health. This situation made me realize that I can no longer afford to take my health for granted. Step 2: I have since started on the Genovive health management program (Genovive.com). They send me my meals monthly to ensure that not only I am eating enough food a day, but also that I am eating healthy food, as well as the right proportions every day. I also work out three days a week. I have lost all the weight in my stomach area (and back! LOL!), and my clothes are sliding on with ease. I am happy, sex is great (no we didn't hit the lottery yet LOL!), and we are up to three times a week on a good week! I feel so blessed to have my healthy back! I don't know about you guys but I want to live a long and health life.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.Thank you all for watching! I appreciate all of you. Trust me there is more drama to come! Make sure you tune in every Sunday night at 8/7c. Only on Bravo!


Love you guys!
Cynthia Bailey

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Kenya: I Don't Know If NeNe Will Ever Write a Check

Kenya Moore shares her thoughts on the charity check debacle.

Bravotv.com: Do you think NeNe will write her check to the charity?
Kenya Moore: Sadly, I do not think it’s clear if NeNe will ever write the check. If she was honest and sincere about putting our differences aside for charity last year, she would have matched the donation as she promised. She made a promise to the kids of the city of Detroit to donate $20,000. She has made every excuse in the world as to why she hadn’t written it. First, she didn’t think the donation was real, which is why I posted it on social media so that no one would have doubts. Conveniently she now claims I somehow am making a mockery of charity. This is the same woman who wears $20,000 outfits and posts photos on her graffitied $12,000 Hermes Birkin bags on social media, but I’m the one making a mockery of charity? She also tried to say I didn’t donate my own money, which is a lie. The Detroit Public Schools Foundation has acknowledged they received a total of $40,000 on behalf of myself, which includes the additional $20,000 win from my appearance on Celebrity Apprentice. She also just bought a $2 million home. Obviously this is about her lack of character. You are nothing in life if you can’t depend on your word. It takes a real morally debased person to steal from children. Yet, I still pray that the NeNe who is a good person will do the right thing.


Bravotv.com: Who do you think is the shadiest?
KM: Between NeNe not making good on the donation, Phaedra constantly hitting women below the belt with their health issues, and the thoughtless THOT, I’d say it’s a three way tie.

Bravotv.com: What was going through your mind when NeNe blew up at you about the Peter comment?
KM: I was surprised she responded at all, because she was working so hard to ignore me the entire time. Everyone can agree that I flirted with Apollo and that NeNe flirted with Peter. My point was, although many can say it was inappropriate, neither of us did so seriously. We were always in a group setting and it was harmless. I have also apologized to Phaedra for making her feel uncomfortable, but she quickly accepted because she knew I didn’t mean anything by it.

Watch the full version digital premiere of Life Twirls On tomorrow night at 8/7c. Go to Facebook.com/thekenyamoore to watch! Thanks for all your support. It’s a really funny show that I’m so proud of! Can’t wait to share it with you.

xo,
Kenya

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