My doctor is recommending a hysterectomy, but I can't take time for a six-week recovery period. What can I do?

Second opinion. Make sure you understand the reason for the hysterectomy as there may be other options available. Robotic, vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomies do not require 6 weeks off of low impact jobs. Find out if you are a cadidate for a minimal invasive option.
Second opinion. Always get a second opinion about surgery. There may be medical options available for your problem. In addition, you may be a candidate for laparoscopic surgery.