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Did you have a night out with your girl friends before your hysterectomy? How else did you prepare for your surgery, besides the medical stuff?


Happiness and a sense of well-being play a role in your health. So as you prepare for your hysterectomy, be sure to spend quality time with your girlfriends who can lift your spirits and make you laugh!

In the days leading to surgery, schedule time with your closest friends. Relax and talk about the good times over a luscious meal. Go see a chick flick or sappy musical that only true girlfriends would appreciate. Stroll through the mall, window shopping, and snacking on food court fare. Plan a picnic, brunch, or coffee date where you can just sit and chat.

Read more about Girls’ Night Out before Hysterectomy

How did you stay connected with your friends and family following your hysterectomy?


Since your recovery requires you to take a break from your normal routine, it provides a great time to touch base with friends, old and new. As the Girl Scout song goes, “Make new friends but keep the old, one is sliver and the other is gold.”

You can re-connect with old friends using a phone book or social media outlets. Technology makes it easier than ever to connect with friends from the past!

Read more about Friends and Hysterectomy Recovery.

Were your family and friends non-supportive before your hysterectomy?


It can sometimes be hard to convey to your friends and family just how major of a surgery you are actually having. Some people just won’t understand how hard it can be on your body. While they may seem to comprehend that you are having a major surgery, they won’t understand how hard and how long the road to recovery will actually be. Having a hysterectomy is a big deal.

Educating those closest to you may help them understand more. Often, it helps to talk with your husband or significant other about the recovery process and about your expectations and needs. You might also want to consider bringing him along to your appointment.

Read more about frustrated with non-supportive family and friends during a hysterectomy.

Today is ‘Make a Friend’ Day! Have you met a friend from HysterSisters?


make friends with a hystersister

Today is ‘Make a Friend’ Day and it just tickles us that over the years that many of our HysterSisters have found friends here in our forum areas.  We have a wonderful HysterSisters community that share things good and bad, happy and sad.  Many of our members feel so connected that they even share things beyond medical conditions!  Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week you can pop into our forum area and find a virtual friend.

So, here’s to celebrating the day and just possibly making at least one new friend today!

Did you spend time with your friends during your hysterectomy recovery? Did your friends come visit you during your surgery recovery?


Today is National ‘Make A Friend Day’! If you are recovering from a hysterectomy, then you probably aren’t out and about making new friends.  However, your time of recovery is a great time to reconnect with your existing friends!

Connecting with friends can be done easily using your technology, but since you are having to rest anyway, this might be a great time to get out your pen and paper and write thank you notes or surprise your friends with something besides junk mail or bills in their mailbox.

Read more here about Friends and Hysterectomy Recovery

Staying in Touch with Friends During Hysterectomy Recovery?


How can I connect with my friends during my recovery?

Since your recovery requires you to take a break from your normal routine, it provides a great time to touch base with friends, old and new. As the Girl Scout song goes, “Make new friends but keep the old, one is sliver and the other is gold.”

You can re-connect with old friends using a phone book or social media outlets. Technology makes it easier than ever to connect with friends from the past! If you don’t know what to talk about, work, family, hobbies, exciting events are all great topics. Plus, you can always spend some time reminiscing about fun times, talking about shared memories, and enjoying the goodness of your friendship even after years apart. You may be pleasantly surprised at how easy it can be to talk to old friends.

Your recovery can also be a good time to send thank you cards or letters to those friends who have impacted your life in a special way, especially those who have lent their help during your health challenges and surgery. Let them know you appreciate their care and how it influenced your life. Read more about Keep Up with Friends during Hysterectomy Recovery.

When Friends Disappear


Have you had surgery and noticed your friends disappearing? Here is one member who has posted about this in our HysterSisters forum community:

It suddenly seems that those who consider me a friend (best friend in this case), seem to care less right now. And those who are near strangers are asking how I am and even offering help.

My “best friend” hasn’t even called to check on me. Or made any comments on my Facebook posts that I make. But people I barely know are saying “If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.”

Has this happened to anyone else?

Let Me Know How I Can Help!


Have you had well-meaning friends offer to help when you tell them you are having surgery? Here is another question about support from family and friends:

Q: Friends and neighbors say: “Let me know if I can help.” How should we reply to them?

A: Ask them to prepare and bring over a meal, taxi your children somewhere, walk the dog, stop at the pharmacy and pick up a prescription, or vacuum or lift something.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to provide a way they CAN help!

Read more FAQ for family and friends of the Hysterectomy Patient.

Words that Hug


If you have wondered what to say to women who are grieving the loss of their uterus – here are some helpful tips.

Do NOT compare her surgery to your c-section. They are not the same. Not in any way. And adding your c-section thoughts resulting in a baby is hurtful.

Do NOT tell her she will feel so much better after her surgery. She may not. Tell her you hope she feels better soon and offer to bring a meal.

Do NOT tell her that waiting is the hardest part. Her recovery may have complications. Her surgery may not fix the pain. Her surgery may be for cancer. Waiting is rarely the hardest part of surgery.

Do NOT tell your stories of surgery. Use your ears and listen with your heart. Ask her about her loss. Ask her how you can help. And then follow through.

When you have a friend who is dealing with an upcoming hysterectomy or recovering from a hysterectomy, allow your friend to share her needs with you. Do not assume how she feels. Unless you know because you have been there and felt the same way, offer a listening heart and gigantic hugs instead.

11 – Thankful for my Friends


Have you noticed that life is easier when you have friends? In fact whether you are walking through the best days of joy and celebration or the lowest difficult challenges, our lives are enhanced with friends.

Their presence in my life are like the chocolate chips in my cookie. They are like spice in my taco. They are flowers on a snowy day. They are sunshine when the day is cloudy.

I’m thankful for my friends. Like the gals in the forums at HysterSisters.com.

I’m continuing to share my list of gratitude throughout the month of November. If you are struggling with sadness or difficult circumstances in your life including your health, choose to make a list of gratitude. Your heart will be encouraged!