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Mother, Wife, and Woman: #WhyIWearWhite for Fibroid Awareness Month

 

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Change the Cycle. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

What is the most important thing to you during the month of July? Is it backyard barbeques or family vacations? Maybe it’s thinking of creative ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, or spending time with friends.

 

I love all the things mentioned above. However, none of those are more important to me than the recognition of Fibroid Awareness Month.

 

My first onset of fibroids came in my late thirties after the birth of my fourth child. The increase in heavy bleeding, cramping, super-long periods and urination1 did not initially raise a red flag with me, and while I was uncomfortable and oftentimes embarrassed about it, I thought that it was just a side effect of getting older and childbearing. Trying to manage the symptoms on my own took a negative toll on my life and my emotions.

 

Over time, I started to believe that there was not much that I could do about relieving the symptoms I was experiencing. That is, until a proactive visit to my OB-GYN revealed that I had fibroids.

 

 

A fibroid is a noncancerous tissue growth in the muscle walls of the uterus.2 Though alarmed at first diagnosis, I was relieved to know that there was a medical cause for everything that I was going through, and best of all, that there was a way to fix it.

 

I was afraid that my only option was to undergo a hysterectomy, and was surprised to learn that there are effective alternatives for treating fibroids that are safe and marginally invasive.5 My healthcare provider made me aware that lifestyle changes, drug therapy, and minor procedures were just a few of the variety of treatment options available to me for relief.

 

 

Being my own health advocate by mustering up the courage to visit my healthcare providers, outside of my annual routine exam, was one of the most empowering decisions I have ever made. I was able to partner with them to get my fibroid symptoms under control.

 

No matter what I am doing—whether it is being in mom mode with my four children, spending quality time with my husband, or working my next business project, I want to be perceived as strong, confident, and secure in my body and its health.

 


Mother, Wife, and Woman: #WhyIWearWhite for Fibroid Awareness Month

 

As a mother, wife, and woman, it is my earnest hope that no woman feels fearful of having a conversation with their healthcare provider to test for fibroids. That is why I choose to wear the color white during the time of my period, and as often as I can.

 

White is a color often associated with fear and embarrassment for women who suffer from accidents resulting from heavy bleeding or bladder leakage from frequent urges to urinate. But I want to transform the color white into an emblem of strength and empowerment.

 

Mother, Wife, and Woman: #WhyIWearWhite for Fibroid Awareness Month change the cycle #changethecycle

 

Not only do I want to empower myself, I want to empower my two daughters, my granddaughter, and every female that I encounter. I want them to know that they do not have to allow heavy bleeding or other symptoms of fibroids to prevent them from living a normal, active lifestyle.

 

 

 

Power. I want to walk, breathe, and live in power. And wearing white gives me that power – that push that represents the idea of, “I will not stop. I will keep going regardless of what is happening in my body.”

 

Regardless of whether I have fibroids, am experiencing other medical challenges, or am even undergoing medical treatments, I won’t let these things take control of my life or my emotions. I will maintain a positive attitude and continue to move forward in power. Whenever I wear white, I feel the presence of that power more than ever.

 

Mother, Wife, and Woman: #WhyIWearWhite for Fibroid Awareness Month change the cycle #changethecycle

 

My health is an asset. I want to always ensure that I protect it. I never want to feel helpless when it comes to fibroids ever again. I never want another woman to feel that way, either.

 

That is my story.  This is why I wear white for Fibroid Awareness Month. What’s yours?

 

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Change the Cycle is joining the White Dress Project to educate women about fibroids and to raise awareness through a nationally observed Fibroid Awareness Month in July.

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Whether you experience fibroids personally or have friends and/or family impacted, Change the Cycle asks you to share a personal story and your reason for wearing white on social media, using the hashtag #WhyIWearWhite to empower women everywhere to stop letting fibroids control their life.

 

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To learn more about fibroids, heavy periods and solutions, visit the Change The Cycle website here, or by connecting with @ChangeTheCycle on Facebook and Twitter. And join the conversation all month long using the social media hashtag, #WhyIWearWhite.

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If you or someone you love is experiencing fibroids, you can learn more about available fibroid treatment options here6

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REFERENCES

  1. National Women’s Health Resource Center. http://www.healthywomen.org/condition/fibroids. Accessed May 16, 2017
  2. Uterine fibroids: Overview Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/home/ovc-20212509. Accessed April 25, 2017
  3. Office of Women’s Health, U.S., Department of Health and Human Services. Uterine Fibroids. https://www.womenshealth.gov/minority-health/african-americans/uterine-fibroids.html. Accessed October 5, 2016
  4. Uterine fibroids: Symptoms and Causes. Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/symptoms-causes/dxc-20212514. Accessed April 25, 2017
  5. Center for Uterine Fibroids. Surgical Treatments for Fibroids. http://www.fibroids.net/fibroids.html#hysterectomy. Accessed April 25, 2017.
  6. Uterine fibroids: Overview Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/uterine-fibroids/home/ovc-20212509. Accessed April 25, 2017

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

faithhealthandhome@yahoo.com

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