‘No, I’m not pregnant’ – Actress Steph Isuma reveals she had multiple fibroids
Social Media Comedian cum Actress Steph Isuma, better known as Calabar Chic, has revealed how she successfully survived multiple fibroids surgery.
The Cross River State Indigene, who has become one of the most sought after comediennes in Nigeria, shared her health challenges via her verified Instagram page.
Steph Isuma hinted how she discovered she had large multiple uterine fibroids that had taken over her life, wreaking havoc on her body and causing unimaginable pain and discomfort.
Posting a photo of her protruded stomach, she wrote how it started, “No, I’m not pregnant. So, I went in for a routine check that day.
The doctor saw the bulge and asked for how long I’ve noticed that.
Few months, I said, but I thought I was just bloated. The next thing the Gynae asked after thorough checks that day was When are you getting married? Do you plan to have kids? If yes, when are you looking at? I immediately knew something was wrong. And the Gynae continues.. Stephanie, there are multiple uterine fibroid tumors all over in there, but they’re benign and non-cancerous. Hence the debilitating pains and bloating. I froze for a few minutes! I just sat there quietly and emotionless in his office as the results of my last round of tests were relayed to me.”
The 30-year-old TV personality continued, “Multiple uterine fibroids ke? Me?? How?? Don’t get me wrong. I was glad to hear it wasn’t cancerous, But those damn tumors were far from benign like my doctor called it! The pain they were causing me, the throbbing, stabbing, slicing pain, were the worst I’ve ever felt in my entire life/existence on this earth How were they growing inside undetected? How did I not have any symptoms all these years apart from horrible, painful periods & clots (How did I even think that was normal)“We have to schedule an emergency surgery for you, Stephanie,” The Doctor added. They’ve grown so huge and occupying everywhere. I just left the clinic that day in tears. I didn’t want to accept this diagnosis, so I went on to see other specialists Mind you, I was going through a hell of a lot of pain daily at this point, but I managed. Then pain intensified…the bloating got even worse, tummy grew bigger. Now the fibroids began pressing against my bladder.”
Updating her friends and followers on her successful Myomectomy, Isuma, who in 2020 starred in Toyin Abraham’s movie, Fate of Alakada, shared another photo of herself on her recovery bed and captioned it,
“All fibroids out now all 21 of them. I’m now smiling through the pain and discomfort. My surgical team was exceptional. My doctors & nurses in recovery are amazing. Recovery has been rough, but I’m lucky to have the support of my amazing family and friends. Thanks to everyone also reaching out and sending me all good vibes and love. I appreciate every single one of you beautiful humans. Apparently, Fibroids affect about 70 to 80% of women, but people rarely talk about it, and a lot of women are still very uninformed about this condition. Amazingly, the community you have that you didn’t even know was right in front of you. When I posted about this yesterday, so many people messaged me and have also shared their experiences, and it meant so much. A lot of women are out here suffering in silence. Some don’t even know that these tumors are living and breeding inside of them yet as a lot of people are asymptomatic (have no symptoms at all)”She added, “Ladies, I encourage you to be proactive with these check ups If something doesn’t feel right in your body then it’s probably not just ‘nothing Try to Get an ultrasound sometimes you can also Have your Gynae take a look inside you once a while to make sure everything is ok, especially since they typically won’t do them unless you ask for one. I’m hoping that this post can save someone from a late diagnosis or at least uplift and encourage someone who is also on this journey. Because As women, we tend to most times push ourselves through pain and normalize it. Carrying ourselves through pain like nothing is going on with us. My sisters, You know your body better than anyone else. Bring up concerns and symptoms with your doctor. Ask questions, understand your treatment options. If you feel as though your concerns are not being taken seriously or you don’t feel satisfied with what you’ve been told, it’s okay to get a second and third opinion. You have to pick the doctor and treatment options that are best for you and your situation. We all deserve to live a pain-free life.”