Thursday, February 25, 2010

Congresswoman Maloney (NY) To Be Keynote Speaker at Hysterectomy Conference April 24th, 2010


Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY) will deliver the Keynote Address at the HERS Foundation’s 28th Hysterectomy Conference, Saturday April 23rd at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.

Maloney, a Democrat from New York, is a powerful advocate for women’s rights, allied with such organizations as Emily’s List and the National Organization for Women. In 2008, she published “Rumors of Our Progress Have Been Greatly Exaggerated," a book that details the ongoing struggle women encounter on a number of fronts, including equal pay, politics, and healthcare.


State Representative Bruce Borders (IN) will discuss Hysterectomy Informed Consent legislation he introduced this year. Women   and men from around the country will be there to voice their support for hysterectomy informed consent legislation.

 Borders, a Republican from Indiana, recently proposed Hysterectomy Informed Consent legislation. His talk, "Your Vote is Mightier than the Lobbyist's Dollar," will address the legislative process and what conference speakers and attendees can do to enact meaningful legislation to counteract the more than 621,000 hysterectomies performed each year on women in the U.S. The information that is requisite to informed consent must be provided to every woman.

“un becoming,” by Rick Schweikert, will be screened on the eve of the conference. An explosive play written in the rich tradition of American political theater, “un becoming” premiered Off Broadway in 2004. It portrays the physical, political, economic, and social issues surrounding hysterectomy. The screening will be followed by a talkback with Schweikert and HERS President, Nora W. Coffey.

The public forum of the conference, combined with the imperative for hysterectomy informed consent legislation, will be embraced in a town hall style discussion at the conclusion of the day’s agenda, which can be viewed at http://hersfoundation.org/conference.html

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10 Comments:

At February 27, 2010 at 2:25 PM , Anonymous Mad as Hell said...

I saw the Doctor Oz show on Thursday. The title alone - Hysterectomy: The #1 Surgery you Don't Need - is a huge step in our mission to stop the hysterectomy mill!

I applaud Dr. Oz for speaking out on this issue! Although I would have liked to have seen him specifically mention the adverse effects, this show should save a lot of women from going under the knife.

Although we have several "irons in the fire" we need to step up our efforts while we have people's attention so we can accomplish our mission.

Keep up the fight!

 
At February 27, 2010 at 2:52 PM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

You're right, Mad as Hell, we have a lot to do. We have a lot more than just irons in the fire, we've got two legislators who are committed to creating a Hysterectomy Video Informed Consent Law that will make it mandatory for women to be provided with the information required for informed consent.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will deliver the Keynote Address at HERS April 24th, 2010 conference in New York City. Rep. Bruce Borders, the legislator that introduced a Hysterectomy Informed Consent Bill in Indiana last month will also be a speaker at the conference.

It is imperative that everyone who cares about this issue be at the conference to demonstrate to the legislators who are prepared to fight this battle for us, that you will support a law that will stop the surgical abuse of women. Bring your family and friends. Spread the word about the importance of this conference, make sure that every seat is filled with someone who will cast their vote for a Hysterectomy Video Informed Consent Law.

There is a lot of work to do between now and April 24th to get everyone you can to come to the conference and tell these legislators that this matters to you and that you will work with them to change the law.

 
At February 28, 2010 at 5:25 PM , Anonymous Gracie said...

We all need to help the HERS Foundation get a law passed. We can email family and friends and tell them about the conference. We can put the conference in local papers. We can run off copies of the conference and put them in the libraries, hospitals and clinics. WE NEED EVERY WOMAN TO SHOUT OUT "NO MORE HYSTERECTOMIES AND CASTRATIONS." STAND UP LADIES. IT IS YOUR DUTY AS A WOMAN NOT TO LET THIS HAPPEN TO ANY WOMAN IN YOUR FAMILY OR ANY WOMAN FRIEND. If this doesn't happen now, when will it?

 
At March 2, 2010 at 9:04 PM , Blogger neutered said...

I always felt that there were too many hysterectomies performed in this country. NEVER did I think I would be one of them. I didn't see the show, but it brought me here, and I'm so thankful to hear people telling the truth, for a change. I feel cheated, and am made to feel crazy by those close to me. I am nauseous just thinking about this, again. Please continue the good work.

 
At March 2, 2010 at 11:16 PM , Blogger Kelli said...

All this scared hell out of me. Geeez, was I uninformed.
Going through all the menopausal downs and down furthers, I thought a hysterectomy might be worth a few days of down time. I had absolutely no idea how serious/bad it could be. Menopause doesn't seem nearly so bad now. Include me OUT!!!

 
At March 3, 2010 at 9:04 AM , Blogger HERS Foundation said...

Kelli, that's great! We're all so glad that you found this blog. The comments from women who have undergone hysterectomy tell the real story about what the surgery does to your body, your health, your sex life and to the lives of everyone who cares about you.

Come to the conference and tell Congresswoman Maloney and Rep. Borders about your experience.

Spread the word!

 
At March 4, 2010 at 4:36 PM , Anonymous Mad as Hell said...

Kelli,

I'm glad you were saved the horror and devastation of hysterectomy. Please please spread the word about hysterectomy and the HERS Foundation so other women can be saved from this life-altering surgery from which there is NO recovery.

It would be great if you could come to the HERS Conference and tell your story of how your doctor tried to con you into a hysterectomy.

Thanks in advance for any support you can provide.

 
At March 5, 2010 at 4:50 PM , Blogger Kelli said...

Oh no Mad, it wasn't my doctor trying to talk me into it. He would never do anything like that. I adore our family doctor. He's as straight up as a patient could ever ask for. He listens, he explains, he informs, and he won't bs ya. When you know what's wrong he won't make you go through a bunch of crap and expenses. He'll confirm it and give what's needed to fix ya.
I'm the one who thought surgery could fix me.

 
At March 5, 2010 at 8:14 PM , Anonymous Mad as Hell said...

Kelli,

I apologize for my erroneous assumption! Since most stories I've heard are of women having been conned into hysterectomy, I assumed your situation was the same. It's good to hear that you have a doctor with your best interests (health and financial) at heart. It sounds like you're referring to a family practice type doctor and not an ob/gyn. Although there are trustworthy ob/gyns, based on the high hysterectomy rates in my city, they appear to be a rarity.

This takes me to another issue. With the 22 million hysterectomized women in the U.S., it seems like general practitioners would be well aware of the adverse effects of hysterectomy on overall health. Yet, they aren't warning their patients. I attribute this partly to ob/gyns being considered primary care doctors by the insurance companies so patients don't need to work through their general practitioner for treatment.

Per normal procedures, my primary care doctor received notification of my impending surgery. He could have intervened but didn't. It seems like he doesn't know much about hysterectomy because at my first appt. after surgery, he asked if I bruised easily now that I'm "menopausal." I wish that was the only issue I had!! Although I had always considered him a good doctor who listened and cared, I don't go to him any more since his practice is affiliated with the hospital and medical plan conglomerate that castrated me!

 
At April 9, 2010 at 10:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met with an oncology GYN today. I have had two ultrasounds and an MRI. I have a "complex cyst" on my right ovary. I also had a CA 125 test done. It came back at 53. My primary doctor says the norm is 21.The GYN was not concerned about the figure.

I also have fibroids which I have lived with for years. They are now as large as a 20 week old fetus.

The doctor does not believe the cyst is cancerous, but says it has to be removed to evaluate. He says he will also do a full abdomenal hysterectomy to remove the fibroids. The assistant told me my cervix would be removed in the process too; it does not serve a purpose. If needed, the left ovary would be removed. They would try to preserve it.

How can I get the cyst checked out in the most non-evasive manner? Will my fibroids shrink as I get older and enter menopause?

Please advise of some alternatives for treatment as well as doctors in the Tampa area.

Thanks.

Marci

 

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