“A man should not swallow poison because he is afraid to spit & offend others” African Proverb  
Fibroid Series Part I In August 2009, I discovered a lump in my lower abdomen. Most of us fear the big ‘C’, so over the next few days, I prepared myself for the worst diagnosis. When my gynecologist told me I had Uterine Fibroids, needless to say I was relieved. Relieved, but at the same time shocked. Shocked because I consider myself to be quite a healthy person, & I had never even heard of this condition before. In an attempt to better understand what they are & why I was dealing with Fibroids, I asked the doctors & nurses lots of questions, but was very dissatisfied with the answers I kept getting, particularly regarding the cause of these ‘things’, as I referred to them. I kept hearing the same things over & over “oh, it’s nothing to worry about”, “it’s nothing you can control”, “we’re not sure what causes fibroids, but we do know that they’re mostly common amongst African women”, “they’re not lethal, so I wouldn’t worry too much”. As if the fact that they occur regularly was enough reason for me to dismiss my belief that everything is caused by something! The surgery date was fast approaching, & I was terrified, not of dying, but at the prospect of being un- conscious while someone cuts me open to remove a foreign object from inside my body. I had never been un-conscious before, & the thought of ‘not being in my body’ petrified me. For the weeks & months leading up to the surgery, I probably did more crying than I’d done in my entire adult life. I’m not afraid of death, but the thought of dying so young made me feel sad:( 8th February 2010 came, & everything went well, despite 1 or 2 “minor complications” during surgery. I had 2 months in recovery, & during this time, I did a lot of research on this topic. So, firstly: What are  Fibroids? 
Part II