Surgery in the spring

02 Apr, 2009

I had planned to wait until after the A-Basin season and after my birthday to go in for surgery. Unfortunately life happens and today I made the decision to get the surgery in mid-May, earlier than later.

I found out in early 2009 that I had a cyst on my ovary, typically cysts go away but after a month mine was still there.  Now after a couple months it’s still there but now the ovary is having another issue with it.  Every woman has two ovaries, so I’ve been warned that this surgery might include a Oophorectomy surgery which is removal of the ovary.  The surgery would also look for scar tissue that has been causing me soreness.  I’ve been riding for months and if I took a fall, I’d be sore on my lower stomach or deal with pain from it. Until I go in for surgery I won’t know how serious it is or if anything further needs to be done.   

I’m a 25 year old female snowboarder and while I’ve been through knee surgery…sometimes you don’t get so lucky with things that happen to you.  I’ve been reading up on my surgery and will try remain positive about everything.

I figured that even though this is a snowboard blog, it does impact my season and figured I should give a heads up on what is going on with me.  I’ll save you guys the experience and keep pumping out fun snowboard stuff.   I don’t think I’ll be hitting 100 days this year unless I get some late summer riding in so I’ll hope for that.

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From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. Vic
    April 02, 2009

    Hey Shay,

    I hope it will go well for you. That something that scares me too (I have had a cyst before on my ovary and I’m 18). Keep your spirits up through the difficult time.

    Like you said, we have two 🙂 (lame I know)

  2. Eric
    April 02, 2009


    Best of luck on that!! Keep your health first!!

  3. hwa
    April 02, 2009

    Keep your head up and stay strong!

  4. the Wootang
    April 02, 2009

    good luck with the surgery and healing process. it’s nerve-racking to go under the knife, but sometimes unavoidable.

  5. Larry
    April 02, 2009

    Prayers and Good Will to you.

    Remember to keep that good healin’ feelin’ front and centered – just like you ride! 😉

    Blue bird days are waiting for you.

  6. BogNolDogg
    April 02, 2009


    Hope all goes well with your surgery. I know it will.


  7. Shayboarder
    April 02, 2009

    Thanks everyone for the support and good words, I really appreciate it.

    I’ll continue to have lots of fun snowboarding before the surgery and hoping for the best in recovery!

  8. EL
    April 03, 2009

    Hope your surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery Shay.

  9. VancityAllie
    April 03, 2009

    Oh Shay, so sorry to hear that. Good luck with everything! My thoughts are with you!

  10. Seriosha
    April 03, 2009

    With things like that… its always better to go to surgery sooner than later if its unavoidable anyway, just because of getting rid of things before they go worse… nonetheless, should be not such a big deal all in all. Think the worst is about the psych factor because of “women” things. Sounds stupid, but in my humble english the best i cann effort ^^ So keep on rocking and good luck for that!

  11. Andy
    April 03, 2009

    Hi Shay,

    Just started reading your blog in the last month as I’m in the market for a new board.

    I’m sure you won’t need any luck for the surgery. Just try to enjoy a restful recovery and don’t rush it.

    I’ll look forward to reading more of the blog.

  12. CoMclovin
    April 03, 2009


    Best of luck with your surgery, I’m sure everything will turn out great!!

  13. Crispy
    April 03, 2009


    Nothing but the best for you with your surgery and subsequent healing.

  14. David
    April 04, 2009

    all the best of luck to you in your surgery.

  15. July 25, 2009

    I just wanted to say thanks for all the good words. I had my surgery on May 20th and now months later I feel 100% and I’m back on snow about to hit my 100 day mark for the season.