A popular San Diego radio DJ is using her microphone to talk about a potentially serious health condition that affects at least one in every three women.
A popular San Diego radio DJ will have a C-section-like surgery to remove fruit-sized muscle masses from her uterus, she told her listeners Wednesday.
Geena the Latina -- the queen of Hollywood gossip -- has fibroids, a condition that causes balls of muscle tumors to form inside the uterus. Her fibroids have grown so big that doctors told her she is the size of a five-month pregnant woman, and the only option is surgery.
“I’ve showed you guys my stomach,” she said Wednesday on AJ in the Morning on Star 94.1. “I’ve been having to wear baggy clothes, a lot of my clothes don’t fit me and it’s all in my lower abdomen and she said they’ve gone all the way up. They cover my whole pelvic region and they’re gone all the way up to my belly button.”
Fibroids, which affect one in every three women, are benign balls of muscle tumors that form within the uterus -- the uterus is actually made of muscle. It's not known exactly why they form.
Last time she checked, the doctor told Geena the fibroids were the size of two oranges and a grapefruit. Now they have grown to 16 centimeters long and four or five centimeters deep. The surgery is scheduled for Oct. 27.
“Basically, kind of like a c-section surgery -- a lower abdominal c-section surgery," she said. "So that’s a pretty intense surgery. It’s just like when women have babies, it’s the same thing. But, I’m not having a baby, I’m having fruit. I’m giving birth to fruit! I’m just kidding.”
Geena says all joking aside, she’s having a tough time.
“We’re laughing about it, but it’s really serious. Yesterday I was crying because it’s scary,” she said.
Women usually seek treatment if they feel pressure or heaviness, have heavy bleeding or, occasionally, fertility issues.
When Geena shared her story on the air, the response was overwhelming.
"Every phone line was filled up with girls who had stories," Geena said. "Also, I've got e-mails from women who didn't know what was wrong with them and heard me talking about it, so now they're going to their doctors. They get checked out. So right when I started getting those e-mails, I knew it was the right thing to do.”
The surgery is scheduled for what Geena hopes is the final day of AJ’s Kids Crane, which is one more reason for listeners to get AJ down from the crane early.