“I’m remaining positive and determined to beat this thing,” the pro wrestler, 41, said
Maryse Mizanin was diagnosed with a “very rare pre-cancer of the ovaries” after numerous doctors brushed off her symptoms
The professional wrestler, 41, will undergo a hysterectomy in four weeks
She encouraged women to advocate for themselves and their health if their symptoms are ever dismissed
WWE star Maryse Mizanin revealed that she will undergo a hysterectomy after pre-cancerous tumors were found in her ovaries.
“I had been suffering from severe abdominal distention and swelling to the point where I would look 6 months pregnant,” she wrote. “Lots of GI issues, including sibo, multiple rounds of antibiotics, extreme fatigue and just wasn’t feeling like myself! For the past year, my symptoms would come in flare ups and it progressively got worse – it became chronic.”
Mizanin said she visited “countless” doctors in different fields but was never able to get a diagnosis or an explanation for her symptoms. After numerous tests — colonoscopy, endoscopy, MRIs, ultrasounds, CT scans, blood tests and more — she said she was often told her issues were “probably hormonal.”
“I was told to let it go – that it would figure itself out with time. That I’m just too impatient and making myself crazy over this! I would just not quit trying to figure it out!”
The Miz and Mrs. star said she didn’t get any answers until meeting Dr. Thais Aliabadi, a Los Angeles-based OB/GYN who Mizanin called a “superhero," someone who “truly listened” to her and pushed to find answers.
Aliabadi performed laparoscopy on Mizanin, believing the pro wrestler might have endometriosis. However, she found and removed 11 pre-cancerous tumors “around my uterus, ovaries, and all connective tissues around the organs in my abdominal cavity.”
"All 11 implants came back as Serous Borderline Tumors. A very rare pre-cancer of the ovaries. Very sneaky and aggressive,” Mizanin wrote. “If those become cancer, the survival rate is less than a year."
“So what happens next? I am scheduled for total hysterectomy surgery in 4 weeks. My uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, omentum will be removed and will get abdominal lymph nodes removed for staging,” she continued. “I’m remaining positive and determined to beat this thing. There is only one option and it’s winning this battle! As a mom of two young daughters, I have to.”
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Mizanin — who is mom to daughters Monroe Sky and Madison Jade — said she’s also sharing her story to shed light on the problems many women face when seeking healthcare. She then praised Aliabadi’s help getting answers, boasting that she “saved my life.”
"Women get so conditioned to believe that it is normal to suffer, most often in silence," she said. "Told to stop being a cry baby. That it must be hormone imbalances, just anxiety or just all in your head. This is not normal. This cycle has to be broken!"
"If you get dismissed by a doctor, go see a new one until you get the help you need! Advocacy is the key," Mizanin ended. "Advocate for yourself and keep pushing! Follow your instincts. Never ever underestimate your gut feelings!"
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