We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting the HysterSisters Store 12 Days of Giveaways!
Beginning today, Like HysterSisters on Facebook and look for our post. We will be showcasing an item from our store, and be giving away one of that item! All you need to do to enter is “Like” the post.
The posts will be up at 8AM and the winners will be announced in the same post the next morning.
Winners will be chosen randomly. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law and is for USA addresses only.
So make sure to check out the post today! Good Luck and Happy Friday!
-The Bluebird Sisters
Preparing for genetic testing requires very little physical preparation, but quite a bit of talking and gathering paperwork.
You will want to gather as much information as possible about your family medical history before you have any genetic testing. This would include a list of any family members who have conditions which may be inheritable. Pay particular attention to family members who were diagnosed at younger ages. You may also want to speak to older members of your family about relatives who have already passed away. Keep the details clear and concise, and be sure to keep the family trees of your parents separate. If you have copies of any medical records for family members that list any genetic conditions, add those to your records.
Read more: Genetic Testing: Preparation
Whether or not to undergo genetic testing is a very difficult decision, with many factors to consider. If you are having trouble making this decision, please read Genetic Testing | Deciding if I Should Be Tested.
If you have already decided to forgo genetic testing and your family history indicates a genetic concern, there are still positive steps you can take. First, you should do all you can to be as healthy as you can be. This can allow your body to be in better shape to deal with any future illness that may arise. You should follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, manage stress, get adequate sleep, and avoid unhealthy activities such as smoking, drinking excessively, participating in unsafe sex, and using recreational drugs.
Read more: Genetic testing – Choosing not to be tested
Genetic testing is a means of determining if you have a genetic predisposition for certain medical conditions by examining your DNA. The results of such a test allow you to take steps to minimize the probability and/or impact of the condition actually occurring.
While genetic testing can be a helpful indicator, however, it is not meant to be a fortune teller. In other words, a positive result does not guarantee you will have a particular illness or disease. Likewise, a negative result does not mean you will never have a specific disorder. It is just a way to better assess your risk so that you can take preventative measures.
Read more: Genetic Testing – What do I need to know?
I often fall into the trap of hurrying through the holidays in search of the perfect gift and for the perfect recipe for a holiday party. I’m not immune to the trappings of the season – although I love Christmas.
I’ve put up less decorations and I’m keeping the events to a minimum. I’m still enjoying the music and movies from my own living room. I’m still enjoying quiet moments with friends and family. I’m still celebrating the birth of Jesus at church.
But I’m taking a “pass” on the rush and hurry.
This year, I’m going to keep it simple. What about you?
From time to time we have members who wonder if there are any positive hysterectomy stories within the community. Here this member asks:
I am only a few days into my recovery. I needed my hyster because the heavy bleeding made me faint all the time and I had no energy. I also had abnormal cervical cells. My sex life was great and very important to me. Reading this site is terrifying me. Everything I read talks about insomnia and mood swings-( which I have now) and a horrible sex life. Has anyone had a positive result from getting a hysterectomy ? I really need to hear that it is not all doom and gloom because I am becoming sadder and more terrified by the day. Read more: Any Success Stories?
The truth is, there are thousands. Look in our Hysterectomy Stories section. However, as it is with any community that gathers around a topic, you may notice the “negative” questions float to the top and the healthy, easy recoveries move on along without posting their positive success stories.
After any hysterectomy type, there is typically some vaginal bleeding. Here is one member who asks: How long does the bleeding last?
I guess I am just a tad bit concerned. I had a Lavh with tubal removal 10-21-13. I had no bleeding the first few days. But every since I started spotting I have not stopped. I have noticed it is worse in the morning and subsides as the day goes on. I’m wondering am I tossing and turning to much through the night, am I causing this to happen? So I guess I am just looking for some sort of in put. Has anyone else experienced this? I told my Dr put she just says as long as Its not heavy it is ok. But I have run acrossed a few different woman, who have said they had this surgery and they had no bleeding and was back to work in a 2 to 3 weeks. So Im just flustered, I guess. Thank you for your time in advance. I greatly appreciate it. I wish all you ladies a speedy healthy recovery and may you all be blessed.
Come join the discussion: How long does the bleeding last?
One of the most interesting topics (and entertaining) within the forums is the notion of what to do with left over feminine hygiene products after your hysterectomy. Over the years we’ve had many discussions on the topic. Here is the most recent.
I put all of my leftover tampons in a little gift bag and gave them to a friend of mine as a joke but very practical hostess gift. I’m saving the pads–they are quite handy for cleaning glass and other smooth services. (LOL–My husband even uses them to wipe down his car).
Come join the discussion: Leftover Feminine Products.
Here is one member who felt like she couldn’t complain during her recovery:
I noticed this just after my TVH in July, and now see it happening again after the repair surgery I just had on Monday.
It’s like when people ask how you are doing after the surgery, they seem frustrated if you let on that it’s anything less than easy. I just feel like when people ask me how I’m doing, they don’t really want the REAL answer, and just want me to say, “I’m great!” so that they can just reply with the easy “Good, I’m so glad!” and quickly go on with their lives.
Yet, when I am honest with people and say it like it really is, that I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus, I feel like people instantly start trying to minimize the surgery or how I feel, and just act like I shouldn’t complain about it because OF COURSE it was going to hurt.
Read more “Ever feel like you’re not allowed to complain?”
I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is next week, and then we are officially in December!
We will be shipping Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week. We will not be working Thursday or Friday so we can spend time with our families!
Next week will be the last week to save 20% off any order $75 or more using the promo code turkey before completing checkout!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
and Happy Friday!