Category Archives: My Favorite Things

What are your favorite Thanksgiving traditions? What are you most thankful for?


This year – as everyone is gathered in the homes of family and friends, I am with my family, eating thanksgiving around a table with turkey and all the fixings. I always love this time of year – with good food (and yummy desserts!) and people that I love. I have much to be thankful!

At HysterSisters we are thankful for you! Everyday we get to see our HysterSisters helping one another via the Forums, Facebook and blogs.  Time and again, women are able to get their questions answered, fears calmed and/or feelings validated plus so much more!

From all of us at HysterSisters to all of you fellow HysterSisters, we extend a very warm and heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving!!

HysterSisters Give Hope Charities


There are many charities we could have picked for HysterSisters Give Hope women’s health non-profit funds giveaway. When we first sat down to begin the process, the requirements were clear: They must be a non-profit that help our HysterSisters. They must be related to women’s health supporting women and providing research for the very issues that may lead women to need a hysterectomy or be an issue after hysterectomy or oophorectomy (removal of ovaries).

The list started easily and grew. In fact, at some point, we had to begin to whittle down the list because there were too many on our growing list. We opted to add charities to our list that our women have mentioned within our forum community or charities we have partnered with for various projects.

 American Cancer Society
For more than 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well, help people get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

 Cancer Schmancer
Cancer Schmancer’s mission is to shift the nations focus from just searching for a cure to prevention and early detection of cancer in order to save lives. The Cancer Schmancer Movement is a three-prong organization dedicated to: Early Detection, Prevention and Policy Change.

 Endometriosis Association
The Endometriosis Association was the first organization in the world created for those with endometriosis. As an independent self-help organization of women with endometriosis, doctors, and others interested in the disease, it is a recognized authority in its field whose goal is to work toward finding a cure for the disease as well as providing education, support, and research.

 Endometriosis Foundation of America
The Endometriosis Foundation of America strives to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research. Engaged in a robust campaign to inform both the medical community and the public, the EFA places particular emphasis on the critical importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention while simultaneously providing education to the next generation of medical professionals and their patients.

 Facing Our Risk for Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
FORCE was founded on the principle that no one should have to face hereditary breast and ovarian cancer alone. We are the only national non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

 Foundation for Women’s Cancer
The Foundation for Women’s Cancer was founded by the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) in 1991. The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization dedicated to funding research and training, and ensuring education and public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early detection and optimal treatment.

 Grounds for Health
Grounds for Health’s mission is to create sustainable and effective cervical cancer prevention and treatment programs in coffee-growing communities, with the goal of decreasing the rate of cervical cancer.

 HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation
The mission of the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. HERA is a nationally recognized non-profit ovarian cancer organization that provides funding for cutting-edge research grants to scientists at respected medical institutions. In doing so, HERA promotes cross-disciplinary science and seeks to attract young researchers to expand the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer while improving the lives of those battling this disease.  The projects funded focus on mechanisms of ovarian cancer development, growth, and treatment.

 International Women’s Health Coalition
IWHC promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people—particularly adolescent girls—in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. We advance this agenda by supporting and strengthening local leaders and organizations working within their communities and at the national and regional levels; by advocating for international policies, programs, and funding; and by seeking to influence U.S. policy on these matters.

 Kay Yow Cancer Fund
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund was officially founded on December 3, 2007, from the vision of the organization’s namesake Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach.

 Lynch Syndrome International (LSI)
The primary mission of Lynch Syndrome International (LSI) is to serve our global communities by focusing on providing support for individuals afflicted with Lynch syndrome, creating public awareness of the syndrome, educating members of the general public and health care professionals and providing support for Lynch syndrome research endeavors.

 National Cervical Cancer Coalition
NCCC was founded in 1996 as a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to serving women with, or at risk for, cervical cancer and HPV disease. In 2011, NCCC merged with American Sexual Health Association (ASHA), a nonprofit with a nearly 100-year history of educating and raising awareness on sexual health issues. The NCCC has thousands of members around the world, and chapters across the U.S. NCCC’s sister organization, the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer, works throughout the developing world as a platform to empower people, communities and societies to reduce the disease burden from HPV and cervical cancers.

 National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)
The mission of the NOCC is to save lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for survivors.

 National Uterine Fibroids Foundation (NUFF)
The National Uterine Fibroids Foundation (NUFF) is a not for profit public benefit corporation organized to engage in charitable, educational and scientific activities related to the care and treatment of women who have uterine fibroids or related conditions of the reproductive system.

 North American Menopause Society
Founded in 1989, The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) is North America’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging. Its multidisciplinary membership of 2,000 leaders in the field – including clinical and basic science experts from medicine, nursing, sociology, psychology, nutrition, anthropology, epidemiology, pharmacy, and education – allows NAMS to be uniquely qualified to provide information that is both accurate and unbiased, not for or against any point of view.

 Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is the foremost advocate for women with ovarian cancer in the United States. To advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer, the Alliance advocates at a national level for increases in research funding for the development of an early detection test, improved health care practices and life-saving treatment protocols. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance educates health care professionals and raises public awareness of the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer.

 Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF), founded in 1994, is the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research, and ranks third in overall ovarian cancer research funding. Our mission is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer.

 Pass the Pearls
Pass The Pearls is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the world of women’s healthcare, spreading the word about state of the art surgical care for women and improving access to minimally invasive surgery.

 Pink Door
To help all women cancer survivors begin a new life after cancer through Pink Door’s programs and services.

 Share Cancer Support
SHARE Cancer Support is the leading ovarian and breast cancer organization, offering support for women with breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

 The World Endometriosis Research Foundation
The World Endometriosis Research Foundation (WERF) is the global charity which fosters research into endometriosis to improve knowledge and treatment(s), and which unites researchers in worldwide collaboration.

 Women’s Cancer Research Fund
The Women’s Cancer Research Fund was created by Honorary Chairs Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with, Co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Marion Laurie, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow and Jamie Tisch. They joined forces with the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a leading charity in Hollywood, to address the issue of cancer and the urgent need to develop new ways to treat it, to detect it early, and even prevent it.

 Vote daily for your favorite charity to win a portion of our $17,500 total giveaway for HysterSisters Gives Hope.

WHY – HysterSisters Give Hope


Earlier this year, I was considering the blessings of being the founder of HysterSisters.com with awesome members who offer kind support to other members within our forum community. I was considering the gigantic database of articles our staff has written, providing great information and help to our visitors and our newly released Hysterectomy Checkpoints with extra content and helpful tips for our members as they travel their hysterectomy journey.

I was considering our videos as we started production in 2013 and continue to finalize in 2014 which offer wonderful insight from our doctors in our “Ask the Doctor” video series. Our monthly newsletter with topics related to women’s health after hysterectomy and the enormous effect that goes into each issue. I was thinking about our wonderful, generous sponsors who provide financial support for various projects around HysterSisters.

And as I was feeling all warm and mushy, thinking about all the good things we have at HysterSisters.com – I realized that I wanted to do something beyond HysterSisters.com to help women’s health. I believe that when one is blessed, one is “required” to spread those blessings to others.

And so, we launched HysterSisters Give Hope which is a charity giveaway aimed at adding funds to women’s health non-profits. With $17,500 to give away, we gathered up a list of women’s health non-profits that directly touch the lives of our members: Fibroids. Endometriosis. Menopause. GYN  Cancer.

Please help us decide who wins HysterSisters Give Hope 2014 $17,500 donations by VOTING every day for your favorite.

Tomorrow I’ll talk about the specific charities that were nominated for HysterSisters Give Hope!

A New Gift – a New Year


The new year is here and it is a gift! Ring out the old. Bring in the new! We have turned the calendar over and we have 365 days ahead to spend. How will you spend your new year’s gift? Will you use each day to it’s fullest, wearing out each minute encouraging others? Will you find new ways to bolster your health, eating well and adding exercise? Will you find ways to grow new friendships, repairing broken relationships and renewing old committments? How will you spend your new year’s gift?

 

Plans for 2014?


As you face the new year, what are your plans for 2014? Many of my friends set New Year’s Resolutions for the coming year. Lose weight. Eat better. Make new friends. Find a new job. Write a book. Learn to paint.

For me, I’m joining a book club, adding a new activity to my week and putting WALKING back on the top of my list. How about you?

Up on the Housetop


When I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, there were songs we sang in school that made me all excited about Santa’s visit on Christmas eve. This is one of my favorites. What is your favorite childhood song?

Up on the housetop reindeer paws
Out jumps good old Santa Claus
Down through the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones, Christmas joys
Ho, ho ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, ho ho! Who wouldn’t go?

Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick

First comes the stocking of little Nell
Oh, dear Santa fill it well
Give her a dolly that laughs and cries
One that will open and shut her eyes
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go? Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn’t go?

Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with old Saint Nick

 

Read more: Christmas Song – Up On The Housetop Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Favorite Christmas Songs?


Now that Christmas is almost here, I’ve been ramping up my music and enjoying entertaining my ears for the holidays. What are your favorite sounds of the season?

Recently I had children in my house and when I asked them about their favorite songs, one of the first songs shared was this:

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list,
Checking it twice;
Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake.

This totally reminds me of my childhood.

Keep it Simple


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?

Ask the Doctor: Fibroids


 

If you have been diagnosed with fibroids, you may have questions! What are fibroids? What causes them? What are the symptoms of fibroids? What are your treatment options? HysterSisters recently began producing videos, partnering with doctors in our new series called: Ask the Doctor – HysterSIsters Hysterectomy video library.

Come see our first video: Ask the Doctor: Fibroids with Dr. Amie Napier of Medical City, Dallas, Texas. She provides answers to your questions about your medical options if you have fibroids.

15 Favorite Articles at HysterSisters


HysterSisters is celebrating 15 years online and here is another of our 15 favorites list!

HysterSisters has thousands of articles written specifically by our website staff for our members and visitors. Here are the most popular: