Although I am not feeling my best, nothing can quell my excitement for what this week means to me. Perched right at the peak of Spring, Fibroid Awareness Week is one of my favorite weeks of the year because it's a time when women can pose questions and start healthy conversations about their bodies. Fibroid Awareness Week was established in 2010 and is dedicated to educating women around the world about fibroids, diagnoses and treatments. Often times, women are not receiving enough information on all of the options for treating fibroids and in turn, don't seek treatment until a marked experience like severe pelvic pain or heavy bleeding. In my case, by the time my fibroid started causing heavy bleeding and pelvic discomfort, I was already pregnant with my son. My fibroid tumor was the sole reason my son was born three months premature due to a placental abruption, and I carried that guilt with me for sometime. One year later, the abdominal pain and swelling from my fibroid resulted in a necessary total hysterectomy which took me months to come to terms with. Although healthy (besides the cold) and happy now, I would hate for another woman to go through what I went through; for my experience to be in vain. That's why education and screening for fibroids before pregnancy is key.
In honor of Fibroid Awareness Week, a number of free events have been sponsored by the Fibroid Treatment Collective and and it's founder Bruce McLucas, M.D. I have listed the initiatives below so you can pick and choose which events you like and mark them on your calendar. The best part? They're FREE!!! Enjoy ladies ... here's to a week of health!
Schedule of Events
April 23, 2013
6pm PDT (9pm EDT)
Get the facts about fibroids and learn about treatment options.
Register online here!
April 25, 2013
15 Minutes w/ an Expert
3pm PDT (6pm EDT)
Talk to an expert about fibroids on Facebook. Ask questions, get advice and connect with other women.
RSVP on Facebook!
April 27, 2013
KJLH Women's Health Forum & Seminar
8am PDT - Live Health Panel
11am PDT - Fibroid Seminar
Los Angeles Convention Center and Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Listen in as Dr. Bruce McLucas and other healthcare professionals talk about topics affecting women's health during a live broadcast at 8am. Then join an informative Fibroid Seminar at 11am in the Convention Center Theater. Learn about fibroids, hear real patient stories and get one-on-one time with the doctor.
If you live in the LA area, register for the seminar here!