Today is EveryWoman Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness for women’s health and wellbeing. So many women’s health problems are misunderstood and this day is all about women sharing their stories and helping others. Whether that’s period pain, fibromyalgia, fibroids, menopause, IBS, polycystic ovaries, or obesity, we all have a story to share that might just help someone else.
Here’s my story
When I was 21 I discovered (through surgery) that I only had half my womb, one ovary, and one fallopian tube, and that what was left of my reproductive system was damaged. At the time I was told by a rather cold and uncaring doctor that I probably wouldn’t have children. Although I wasn’t married at the time, kids had always been in my future, so to be told that my dream may never happen was devastating. I was sent away with antibiotics and shattered dreams, and I know this news impacted certain life choices (like choosing an unsuitable husband because he already had children!)
The gods did smile on me and gifted me with three amazing kids who are happy and healthy, and for this, I will be eternally grateful. There was an unsettling moment in my first pregnancy where the doctors feared I would only carry to 25 weeks, but my body was stronger than I believed and I went full term plus two days. Understanding what was going on with my body at that time would have made all these experiences entirely different.
When I think back to my teenage years I remember being worried when my periods were unusual. The unfortunate side of a catholic upbringing meant I never talked about my body – EVER, but as an adult, I now see that this was a red flag that I should have mentioned to my mum or GP.
Share your story
Share your story today, reach out to other women and talk about your health and wellbeing. If you have any concerns then book in to see your GP. Take control of YOUR health. If you have a daughter, be open and honest about women’s health with her, and assure her she can always talk openly about her body with you. Let’s start to talk about our health and wellbeing before we have an issue, and maybe we can help each other.
I was lucky that my dream of having children came true. Now, at 47 I’m entering the next phase of my cycle; menopause. It’s going to be a huge change for me, but knowing that there are women I can turn to makes this next stage easier. Be one of those women that helps others and share your story in the comments below.
For more information and real-life stories check out the EveryWoman website: http://everywomanday.com/