Former Fox News Reporter Diana Falzone: Dr. Seckin Did My Life-Changing Endometriosis Surgery

Former Fox News Reporter Diana Falzone: Dr. Seckin Did My Life-Changing Endometriosis Surgery

by Diana Falzone

Diana Falzone InstagramIt was June 5, 2017, when I opened my weary eyes inside the recovery room of NYC’s Lenox Hill Hospital. What time was it? My body stung with post-op pain as my vision came into focus on a nearby clock. I looked for a nurse.
“Is it really 9:15 p.m.?”
“Yes,” she replied, “you were in surgery for over four hours.”
The nurse had shocking news. My endometriosis excision specialist, Dr. Tamer Seckin told her that my ovary fused to my abdomen. My appendix was covered in endometriosis and had to be removed. Endometriosis blanketed my colon, uterus, and bladder. Seckin combed through my abdomen, meticulously removing whatever traces of the disease he could find.
"No one knows how you were even walking," she told me.
Neither did I.
Barely 24 hours ago, I was driving to New Jersey to celebrate my parents' 46th anniversary when the pain on my right side took hold of me, causing me to double over as I shook uncontrollably behind the wheel. I knew I could not tough it out anymore, and had to go to the emergency room. My ER visit came only after three weeks of constant agony. I tried to downplay my condition and hoped it would pass—but endometriosis doesn't work like that. It makes the rules, not you.
Dr. Seckin soon came in to check on me. He told me that many people do not know enough about endometriosis and explained how it not only wreaks havoc on women's bodies, fertility, and quality of life but that it can even cause death in rare circumstances.
He also informed me that if I wanted to become a mother, I had a small window to do so. I am incredibly grateful for that post-op talk with Seckin. Although my eyes welled up with tears about my pre-op condition and how little has been done to find a cure for endometriosis, my heart swelled with the hope that I could one day fulfill my dream of having a baby.
I was later advised by some members of my medical team to undergo IVF as soon as I healed enough from surgery. I followed their recommendations and began the process of egg retrieval in September and embryo transfer in November, which led me to become pregnant. Thanks in large part to Seckin’s thorough surgery and my IVF team, today I'm five months along, and due with a boy in early August. Still, I will not stop talking about endometriosis. Some people may get uncomfortable to hear about a women's disease and how it can harm us below the waist. Feathers might get ruffled; friends may fall by the wayside; some might even unfollow me on social media. But, that’s okay. Because if it were their daughter, sister, wife, girlfriend, or best friend suffering from endometriosis, they would want someone fighting for them. Fighting for awareness, fighting for a cure.

So, I'll keep #fightinglikeagirl until we end endometriosis once and for all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reviews

  • Kim Molinaro

    Kim Molinaro

    Prior to meeting Dr. Seckin and reading his book, “The Doctor Will See You Now”, I knew little to nothing about endometriosis. I was led to believe that endometriosis was not a serious condition. I was told that the pain could be managed by taking the “pill”. I was told that the cysts on my ovaries were harmless. I was…

  • Rebecca Black

    Rebecca Black

    Fast forward 5 years to find out incidentally I had a failing kidney. My left kidney was only functioning at 18%. During this time, I was preparing all my documents to send to Dr. Seckin to review. However, with this new information I put everything on hold and went to a urologist. After a few months, no one could figure…

  • Monique Roberts

    Monique Roberts

    I'll never stop praising Dr. Seckin and his team. He literally gave me back my life.

  • Erin Brehm

    Erin Brehm

    I had a wonderful experience working with Dr. Seckin and his team before, during and after my surgery. I came to Dr. Seckin having already had laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis 5 years prior, with a different surgeon. My symptoms and pain had returned, making my life truly challenging and my menstrual cycle unbearable. Dr. Seckin was quick to validate my…

  • Anita Schillhorn

    Anita Schillhorn

    I came to Dr. Seckin after years of dealing with endometriosis and doctors who didn't fully understand the disease. He quickly ascertained what needed to be done, laid out the options along with his recommendation and gave me the time to make the right decision for me. My surgery went without a hitch and I'm healing very well. He and…