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The first year--fibroids : an essential guide for the newly diagnosed
Skilling, Johanna.
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New York : Marlowe, [2002]

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xviii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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RC280.U8 S5662 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Though an estimated eight in ten women in America will be diagnosed with fibroids during their lifetime, it remains one of the most ambiguous conditions a woman can have. In the tradition of the other titles in the First Year series, The First Year--Fibroids uses a unique approach, guiding readers through practical and straightforward steps for the first seven days following diagnosis, then the next three weeks of their first month, and finally the next eleven months of their first year. Throughout, author Johanna Skilling provides answers and advice that will help women newly diagnosed with fibroids come to terms with their condition and the lifestyle changes that accompany it. Skilling provides vital information about the different types of fibroids, treatment options, dietary choices, holistic alternatives, and much more. The First Year--Fibroids will be a wise and educational resource for every woman who wants to take an active role in the management of her fibroids.

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Johanna Skilling is a marketing executive and writer in New York. Frustrated by the inconsistent treatment recommendations and information she received after being diagnosed with fibroids, Skilling has devoted much of her time to helping others who share her condition by researching and writing about living with fibroids

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Also called myomas, fibromyomas, or leiomyomas, fibroids develop from a single smooth muscle cell in the uterus and vary in size and shape. They affect as many as 80 percent of women, of whom one in four will have symptoms serious enough to cause her to seek medical advice and treatment. These two practical, easy-to-read guides offer information on the different types of fibroids and the options for treating them. In Healing Fibroids, Warshowsky, a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist and director of the Women's Program at Beth Israel Hospital's Center for Health and Healing in New York, and Oumano, a certified yoga teacher and bodywork practitioner, combine Western medicine and holistic methods to point the way to optimal health and the avoidance of surgery. After a brief look at surgical procedures and the relationship of hormones and the menstrual cycle to fibroids, they devote chapters to diet, supplements, herbal remedies, exercise, emotional healing, and the effects of environmental toxins, especially xenoestrogens. Skilling, a marketing executive and writer in New York, wrote her first book, Fibroids: The Complete Guide to Taking Charge of Your Physical, Emotional and Sexual Well-Being, when she was first diagnosed with fibroids and could find little information on the subject. She also explores the role of diet, exercise, and emotional well-being in managing fibroids. Arranged by day for the first week after diagnosis, by week for the first month, and by month for the remaining 11 months, the chapters are each divided into two sections, called "Living" and "Learning." The "Living" sections deal with issues and problems, while the "Learning" sections explain the more technical aspects of fibroids. Skilling provides practical tips, such as how to chart the growth of the fibroid and what to wear when you leave the hospital should you need surgery. Readers will find information on current research and medication, the pros and cons of various types of surgery, and hints on diet and lifestyle changes, including exercise and stress management. While both guides are useful, Skilling's arrangement is superior. Her table of contents provides good access points, and the glossary, selected resources, and list of bibliographic references are a definite plus. If you have the budget, get both; but if you have to choose, buy Skilling's. Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn. Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Nelson Stringer, M.D.
Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Day 1
Living: You're Diagnosed, Now What?p. 1
Learning: Who Gets Fibroids?p. 4
Day 2
Living: Getting a Sonogramp. 9
Learning: What Your Uterus Looks Like; Where Your Fibroids Can Bep. 13
Day 3
Living: Take Inventory of Your Lifestylep. 18
Learning: What Are the Symptoms of Fibroids?p. 21
Day 4
Living: How to Talk About Having Fibroidsp. 29
Learning: When It Isn't Just a Fibroidp. 33
Day 5
Living: Take a Look Around Your Kitchen; Take a Shopping Tripp. 36
Learning: What Foods Can Help/Hurt and Whyp. 41
Day 6
Living: Stop By the Drugstore; The Natural Foods Storep. 49
Learning: How These Remedies Workp. 52
Day 7
Living: Setting Up an Exercise Schedulep. 57
Learning: Benefits of Exercisep. 60
First-Week Milestonep. 63
Week 2
Living: Keeping Track of Your Periodp. 65
Learning: The Role of Estrogen and Progesteronep. 68
Week 3
Living: What Does Having Fibroids Mean to You?p. 74
Learning: An Overview of Your Treatment Optionsp. 80
Week 4
Living: Assemble Your Medical Historyp. 89
Learning: Check on Your Insurance Coveragep. 96
First-Month Milestonep. 101
Month 2
Living: Understanding the Mind-Body Connectionp. 103
Learning: Stress and Your Bodyp. 112
Month 3
Living: Can Fibroids Affect Your Sex Life?p. 114
Learning: Fibroids and Alternative Medicinep. 118
Month 4
Living: Considering Drug Therapiesp. 133
Learning: Drug Therapyp. 136
Month 5
Living: Fibroids and Pregnancyp. 147
Learning: How Can Fibroids Complicate Pregnancy?p. 150
Month 6
Living: Get a Check-Upp. 159
Learning: Other Tests You May Needp. 163
Half-Year Milestonep. 171
Month 7
Living: Choosing a Doctor for Special Treatmentsp. 173
Learning: Fibroids and Cancerp. 178
Month 8
Living: Considering Surgical Treatmentsp. 184
Learning: Making Sense of Surgeryp. 187
Month 9
Living: Preparing for Surgeryp. 191
Learning: Considering Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE)p. 200
Month 10
Living: Considering Myomectomyp. 210
Learning: Types of Myomectomiesp. 214
Month 11
Living: Considering Hysterectomyp. 222
Learning: Types of Hysterectomiesp. 226
Month 12
Living: Staying Healthyp. 236
Learning: Staying Informedp. 238
Glossaryp. 243
Selected Resourcesp. 255
Notesp. 267
Acknowledgmentsp. 294
Indexp. 296