It was truly an eye opener.
Sitting down with several women who are in varying stages of dealing with different Reproductive health issues and hearing firsthand their struggles, questions and triumphs.
Meeting with these lovely women impressed in me and I learnt several things about the importance of patient support groups:
First, these women have a forum to talk about their struggles with people who understand what they are going through. A few of the women expressed that they had felt crazy before joining the group because people around them are not sympathetic to the everyday difficulties of gynae problems the bleeding, pain, anaemia, and more.
Second, these women can help educate one another about treatment and coping options. Because the women are at different stages, they can share insight and perspectives about the variety of treatments they’ve tried.
Last but not least, these women of different ages and walks of life, who were once strangers, have now become friends. The beauty in the meeting for me was, the fact they went to dinner and have stayed in contact since the meeting. They’ve truly become Cysters for life.
They have something in common with each other. Because they understand each other and what it is like to suffer, they are willing to help and support one another.
So yes, embrace these groups. You’re not on your own.
Helping to develop patient support groups is a natural extension of Cysters education and outreach efforts. It helps break down barriers and promote a positive conversation between different women from various backgrounds.
If you would like to start a Cysters Chat Community support group – then contact us! Or come along and join us in Birmingham.
We hope that being in a group like this will make you feel less alone in daily struggles with gynae and reproductive health and also help get you on the road to freedom!
Love your Cyster, Neelam xx
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