Articles  |   July 2014
Journey From Motherhood and Physician Anesthesiologist to Patient
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Articles   |   July 2014
Journey From Motherhood and Physician Anesthesiologist to Patient
ASA Monitor 07 2014, Vol.78, 32-34.
ASA Monitor 07 2014, Vol.78, 32-34.
“ I am aware that at any minute, something could change that would require more of my presence at home, and that I would have to give up all I have worked towards.”
– April 2013 ASA NEWSLETTER (“Journey From Mother-hood to Academic Anesthesiology and Back Again”)
When I wrote those words last year to describe how I viewed my balance between work and home, I was referring to my role as caretaker within my family as a mother, daughter and sister. Never would I have thought that my own misfortune would become the major catalyst for disrupting both my career and family life. But in October, following a “routine” hysterectomy for fibroids, I received a phone call from my surgeon: “Is someone with you at home ….?” My pathology had revealed leiomoyosarcoma (LMS), an aggressive soft tissue sarcoma that can’t be diagnosed preoperatively. The surgeon had ground up, or morcellated, the uterus and sarcoma inside my pelvis, a common practice in gynecological surgery. So, in addition to being a 40-year-old anesthesiologist, intensivist and mother of six children aged 13 months to 12 years, I was now a stage IV sarcoma patient. Not only did I have cancer, but the operation had carelessly made it worse. How was any of this possible?
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