Thank you to all the members who have posted to this thread, sharing their hearts, their support for one another and for this site. You make the difference in the lives of our members. Thank you!
HysterSisters has been online almost 6 years (wow, eh?) and in all that time we have been accused of being:
too positive! ("What are you nuts? Are you recruiting women to have hysterectomies just so you can get more traffic to a silly website with silly princess stuff??")
too negative! ("Are there no normal women who have surgery and are fine and dandy in the two weeks my doctor told me I'd be fine? I paved the driveway yesterday and tiled the bathroom. I'm only 2 weeks post-op....")
I'm not offended by either of these notions although I know they are quite wrong in their assessments.
Hystersisters started almost 6 years ago by me because I couldn't find info on the internet that was balanced....that provided me with some insight, some experience and some hugs.
The only websites 6 years ago seemed to be a highly negative: "Do not have this surgery for any reason!" (too late, I had already had mine and for a very good reason after research for many years)......or positive website that seemed to be recruiting: "Have a Happy Hysterectomy." (Now come on! While we can be happy during a hysterectomy, the issue that brings us to have to have this surgery is rarely happy. We lose a vital organ that provides much to our aging bodies.)
I had found an awesome, sweet group of women on AOL message board whose hugs and words of comfort was exactly what the internet needed...! And so I built it here.
But I digress.
Hyster Sisters was built around the notion that women need a place to ask questions, find others to talk to that have walked the path of hysterectomy decisions and recovery, and gather supportive friends in a kind environment. Our mission statement was developed several years ago, when Hyster Sisters was only about 2 years old (if I recall correctly?) as a way of explaining who we are...and why we are here.
It is the reason I spend umpteen hours online, dragging the files from one server to another to make sure our sites have the best tech support, RAM, bandwidth, and saavy geek guys who nod their heads when they understand how vital it is we are "online". We moved the sites to a new server just a few days ago. Heap-m-big RAM. Heap-m-big machine. All for hystersisters.com.
It is the reason why the team of hostesses and staff get up, log in and watch for posts that need extra hugs, provide extra support as they move posts to the right forums. (Misplaced posts don't get the best support. We move them to keep things organized and help get you the best replies!)
It is the reason why we encourage members to upgrade their membership to help pay for this place. Did you know I pay more for managing hystersisters.com and its server than I do paying for all my household bills, my mortgage AND our car payments combined? Tech needs on this site are quite hefty...and have come a long way from that site I put up on the free space 6 years ago.
It is the reason I comb the marketplace and try to get great items in the hystersisters store that might provide some relief to a swelly belly, might help you in and out of bed, might make you giggle at the princess equipment, and stock the place with the best books on hysterectomy info, fibroid info, hormone books and even fibromyalgia......
Its all about you.
You need extra support? You will find it here. You recover quickly and head back to work, paving that driveway? Awesome!
Hopefully you will remember the almost 50,000 women who have passed through here and called it a "home on the internet" for them while they needed it.
And hopefully you will remember the doctors who suggest it to their patients (and we have hundreds who do!)....and the other medical professionals who applaud the site and enjoy it for what it is: women to women support.
You are awesome women. Thank you for what YOU do to make this site possible: supporting the members with hugs and words of experience. And for those who can, supporting the site financially.
Your words in defense of this site reminded me once again....this is the best place on the internet because our members are so awesome!
(((( Hyster Sisters ))))