Podcast Episode – A journey of a thousand miles

Begins with a single step, but what if it's not a step you ever planned?

Podcast bonus episode

The great thing about having your own podcast, you can add them when you want. 

This bonus episode is the consequence of having a bit of having a lightning bolt moment (I’m  SO on brand).  Find out what that moment was by listening to the podcast.  

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Fact check

I mentioned a lot of facts, or alluded to them in the podcast, but there’s a lot to take in.  So I’ve summarised the key ones here.  I am going to make a more detailed page with all the facts related to the conditions I’ve experienced.  

Please note the lists below are not exhaustive.

  • Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours found in the uterus
  • Up to 80% of women will get a uterine fibroid - roughly 1 in 5 women
  • There is a lack of research relating to them - it's unclear what causes them
  • Treatment options become fewer the larger the fibroid gets
  • Symptoms, if experienced, include heavy or painful periods, tummy or lower back pain, frequent need to wee, constipation and pain or discomfort during sex.

Note: this information is gathered from numerous sources including, but not limited to: NHS, Mayo Clinic and Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation (PDF file).

  • The term refers to women who go through the menopause before the age of 40
  • Symptoms include: irregular or skipped periods (where you still have a uterus), hot flushes, night sweats, anxiety, depression, loss of hair, skin rashes, memory fog, memory loss.
  • If you have had a hysterectomy that has left your ovaries intact, you have a 50% chance of going through the menopause within 5 years of surgery
  • The blood test to check hormone levels is an FSH test - short for follicle stimulating hormones
  • Prescribed treatment can include HRT and testosterone (NB this is prescribed off licence and there aren't any licensed products for women in the UK)

Note: this information is gathered from numerous sources including, but not limited to: NHS, Mayo Clinic and The Daisy Network.

My fibroid & cyst

A call to action

Is your life currently defined by, or been changed by a life altering event? That could include any of the following:

  • Life altering illness or injury
  • Death of a loved one
  • Forced relocation
  • Divorce or separation
  • Abuse

Do you want to build something for yourself because of it?  Whether that’s just blogging, or building a business.  Or it could be that you just want to find like minded souls who can hold each others hands through these times.

If so, then I’d like to hear from you, please.  I’m looking to do the following: 

  • Share your story on In Their Shoes
  • Create content that helps and supports you
  • Create a community for you

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