A quick update.

Lisa Howard and nurse being wheeled down the hallway of hospital on way home after surgery

Hi guys! I’m home with lots of rest and recuperating.

Here’s what I know was done during surgery (to be confirmed/edited) after my mid-December post-ops with my respective surgeons:

The Endometriosis on the exterior of my small bowel was still there. It had changed colors since July, from pink to black. A small bit of Endo was also located on my colon. So a section of small and large intestine were removed, as well as my appendix and cecum, and my new PoopChute was stapled back together. The Endometriosis and resulting scar tissue had caused a sort of twisted mass on the right side of my guts.

I also had an endometrioma (2, if I heard him correctly) on my left ovary. The Endo was removed and the ovary was saved.

Plenty of new Endometriosis growth on the left side of my pelvis, which was also cut out.

Vindication of the pain I’ve had on both the right and left side of my lower abdomen.

My surgery was robotic assisted laparoscopy, I have 5 incisions, the procedure lasted 4 hours, and I was in the hospital for 4 days. During my stay there, I received 0 narcotics to manage my pain, but a beautiful cocktail of Tylenol, Celebrex, and Gabapentin. And wonderful care from the staff.

Both Dr. Kurtulus and Dr. Schultzel visited me daily to see how I was doing, and I look forward to seeing both of these capable and talented surgeons at my respective post-op appointments. As well as reading my op reports and reviewing the photographs.

One day there will be a cure. In the meantime, we will fight on.