GYN issues and Church teachings



Michelle, as someone who went through lots of gynocological testing and as someone who has researched the Church’s position on organ removal/receipt, let me fill you in a bit.

First, remember God loves you and knows what you are going through. Let that give you some comfort and peace. God just wants what is best for you. That includes wanting you to be tested to determine what is wrong and the best course of action. If that includes the removal of tissue and organs, then that is okay. Removing an organ is no different than having a cancerous mole removed. Perhaps this is part of God’s master plan.

My husband & I tried and tried to get pregnant. After testing and lots of tears, we decided to adopt. We worked through an agency and eventually received the call that we had a daughter. Of course, we were thrilled. It turned out that the birth parents first names were the same as the couple we had asked to be godparents. And, after having our daughter home for two days, found out that there was a medical problem. After our sweet baby endured surgery, infection, etc., she is now a beautiful 15-year-old. Her doctor told us that she was lucky to have been adopted by people who would seek the proper medical advice. With her birth parents, her condition would probably have been too advanced by the time it was caught and she would have died. We sincerely believe that God gave this child to us for a purpose. We don’t know what that ultimate purpose will be, but she is a blessing from God.
As a teenager, she can also sometimes be that cross that we bear, but it is still ours to bear.

Now let me tell you about our son. We met his birth mother, who we really liked, but the birth father was another story. He was in prison and wanting to cause all kinds of problems. In fact, our attorney had advised us to “walk away from this one.” But something told us to stick in there. Then, when the baby was born, he had immediate medical problems with his breathing. We rushed to the hospital and were told that, if he survived, he would be there for about 3 weeks. The adoption agency kept asking if we wanted to continue with this adoption. We told them that after all we had been through with our daughter, we were committed to anything that God gave us. The baby looked terrible and his breathing was distressed. But, by the miracle of God, we were taking him home a week later. Today he is 13 and a sweet, loving young man. Again, he was God’s gift to us.

So, our infertility was actually a blessing from God. Please pursue all reasonable medical avenues, including the removal of reproductive tissue and organs.

And just a further note on organs. The Church encourages its members to be organ and tissue donors. Donating blood, tissue and/or organs is the gift of life, which ultimately comes from God. I have a very good Catholic friend who needed a bone marrow transplant. Thanks be to God that her brother was a great match. They harvested the marrow from him and transplanted it into my friend, who is a beautiful mother of 6. Another blessing from God.

I, myself, have received many pints of blood from caring donors. I have also undergone two kidney transplants. Before both transplants I received the Sacrament of the Annointing of the Sick. Receiving those organs was life-giving. While today I must do dialysis since the kidneys failed, I still give thanks to God for what I have.

All of this was discussed very thoroughly with several priests. In fact, most of this occurred in Catholic hospitals. So, be at peace. Get the treatments you need to make you better. God loves you and has a plan for you. Just keep praying.