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Do you know your Family Herstories? Do you know your Family Herstories?

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Unread 06-14-2010, 08:25 AM
Re: Do you know your Family Herstories?

Good idea to discuss!! In the era of "hush hush" and secretive personalities in general, many things were concealed even from the men's health side of things, not just the women. I have a great grandmother that sadly comitted suicide when her son my grandpa was only 4 years old. We were told she had "female complications" and that she had a twin when she had him also a boy that died-either at birth or was still born we don't even know. Also have all on this side of the family an aunt that had to have a hyst due to ovarian cancer and her daughter my cousin, has had abnormal paps just like me and ovary cysts also like me.
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Unread 06-14-2010, 09:55 AM
Re: Do you know your Family Herstories?

Hi decadv! I totally agree, there seem to be alot of missing details on the mens side as well, particularly to do with prostate cancer. But it just kind of stuns me that my grandma had a hysterectomy and none of her daughters, or one of her best friends, has any idea why. It was just due to "female complications" like your great grandmother! These things were just not talked about...!

In the meantime though, my female family members have responded in an overwhelmingly positive way about putting down abit of a record. I am going to my gyn this week and I'm going to run my questions by her for input, and then I will send it out to my family. My cousins in particular are excited, and my aunts are willing although slightly more reserved. Once we get through this, maybe a similar thing can happen with the men.

I'll post my survey/questions here when I'm done in the event that anyone wants to use them.
Unread 06-14-2010, 10:01 AM
Re: Do you know your Family Herstories?

Yes, in my family's case regarding the men, supposedly my Grandfather, same one whose mother comitted suicide, was recommended by a Dr to get part of his colon removed which he never did and we have no clue as to why- his wife never talked about it and she has passed away now so we can't ask! He could have had colon cancer and no one will know- he did not do any treatments said he was against it but ended up dying due to aneurism anyway.
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Unread 07-26-2010, 06:34 PM
Re: Do you know your Family Herstories?

HI decadv, sorry I somehow missed your post!! It really is amazing how much slips away from us when we lose our relatives. Hopefully we can all change that abit for our next gen!

I finally completed the "survey" and sent it out to my female relatives. I had some help on this from my doctor and my mom (who has been through the full menopause experience). My family has of course agreed that this is fully volluntary and if someone isn't comfortable with a question, they don't have to answer it. I have a great family on my mom's side, and everyone is completely committed to this, for the sake of our next generation in our midst! It's been a great experience even talking about doing this survey. Anyhow, here it is in the event that anyone wants to use it/parts of it.


1-1. How old were you when you first got your period?

1-2. What were your periods like/what kind of PMS symptoms did you have (degree of pain; symptoms; length; frequency; etc)?

1-3. Did you ever have abnormal pap test results?
If so:
What were the issues?
Did they require treatment?
Were the issues resolved?

1-4. Did you ever use any form of birth control?
If so:
What kind (pills, IUD, etc)?
Did your bc method alter your cycle/PMS symptoms, etc?
Did you have any specific issues with your bc?

1-5. Have had children?
If so, did that change your cycle/PMS symptoms?

1-6. Have you ever noticed that your diet/exercise regime changed your cyle/PMS symptoms? How so?


2-1. Have you ever had a hysterectomy?
If so, how old were you?
What was the cause?
What type of procedure did you have/what specifically was removed?
Did you require HRT following your hysterectomy?
Did your hysterectomy resolve your pre-surgery issues?

2-2. Have you had any treatments such as ablation, Diltion and Curettage (D&C), laparoscopy, uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), etc.?

2-3. If you could do anything differently, what would it be?

2-4. What would you recommend to others who haven’t gone through this yet?


3-1. How old were you when you first experienced menopausal symptoms? How did you come to realize this was happening?

3-2. What was that like, what did you experience (hot flashes, sleep disruptions, emotional swings, etc) and how severe were they?

3-3. Did you ever take hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
If so:
What kind?
Did it affect your mental sharpness?
How long did you take it for? What happened if you stopped (did it start over?)

If not: for how long did you experience menopause symptoms?

3-4. If you could do anything differently, what would it be?

3-5. What would you recommend to others who haven’t gone through this yet?

3-6. Were you happy or sad about the changes that came from menopause?


4-1. Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?
What kind?
What treatment did you receive?

4-2. What would you like to share about this experience?

4-3. What would you recommend to others who must go through this?

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