I'm glad you posted a reply to Dr. Keith, Michelle. But, I won't get started on him.

Anyway, I hope you get over the "diminished" feeling. I have heard that from other women after hysterectomies, and I've also seen women who shout for joy, so I'm sure it's a personal thing. I don't believe having a uterus is what makes you a woman, though, and I hope your feeling is just that "after-surgery/pain med" temporary thing, or just a period of mourning.

I know future stuff won't pay immediate bills, either, so I'll be praying that you find an intermediate solution that will bring in some cash!

Can you teach kids from your home? Even adults--piano, voice or other music lessons might fit the bill temporarily. Just a thought.