Each month, I become increasingly excited to see the growing number of women who have joined in on Fibroid Relief conversations from all over the world. We have a large population of uterine fibroid sufferers from the United States, the United Kingdom and in Canada. However, as I review the list, I also see women representing Nigeria, Jamaica, the Philippines, and Australia, to name a few. I feel empowered and somewhat honored knowing that our work here in this small university town, Charlottesville, Virginia, is making a difference for a woman on the opposite corner of the globe.
The one thing we know for certain is that uterine fibroids are a problem that generally affects women regardless of socioeconomic status and age — to an extent (women as young as their late teens are being diagnosed). I’ve recently been very touched by the devastating images of flooding and disaster in Pakistan. I often think to myself, beyond the need for basics such as food, water and shelter, what do women with uterine fibroids do in these situations? They have no access to sanitary hygiene products or pain relievers — some of the basic comforts that other women can turn to in order to help them deal with excessive bleeding or pain caused by their fibroids.
Thoughts like these motivate me even more to get the word out about the mission of Fibroid Relief. Women around the world DESERVE to know about all of their treatment options for uterine fibroids and most importantly, they DESERVE to have access to all treatments, especially those that are minimally or non-invasive and uterus-sparing. There is much work to do.
If you’re reading my blog, I hope you’ve felt the spark, too. Here are a few simple things you can do:
- Join one of our new geographically-based Discussion Boards – help women in your local area who have been recently diagnosed – share tips, love and support! Email us if you are interested in creating a new Discussion Board in your area or country.
- Tell other women in your life about Fibroid Relief – someone you know has fibroids. Encourage them to embrace change, stop suffering and seek RELIEF! Our Patient Stories can provide hope!
- Download our new Reimbursement Toolkit and learn some helpful tips on how to work with your health insurance company to secure coverage for focused ultrasound.
Looking ahead, I envision all of us participating in a truly GLOBAL conversation about uterine fibroids. The future is in our hands – please help to light the fire and spark the discussion about finding RELIEF from uterine fibroids!
Until next time,