Four years ago, Renee Brown, at the age of 28 was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. During her diagnosis and discussing treatment options with several doctors, before finding one she could trust, she took it upon herself to do more research. During this research she discovered outdated information which was sometimes contradictory. In a quest to have a place where women can share their stories, along with Nnamdi G. Osuagwu, she founded The Fibroids Project.
According to the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation:
Every 10 minutes, 12 hysterectomies are performed in the United States. According to a report published by Obstetrics and Gynecology, 9 of them probably didn’t meet the guidelines set out by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists for hysterectomy.
600,000 hysterectomies performed annually in the United States (~170,000 – ~300,000 due to uterine fibroids)
For every 10,000 hysterectomies performed, 11 women die. (Approximately 660 women die each year in the United States from complications of hysterectomy.)
Possibly as many as 80% of all women have uterine fibroids. While the majority usually have no symptoms, 1 in 4 end up with symptoms severe enough to require treatment.
Thankfully in regards to my own health, I’ve never had to experience uterine fibroids, but several friends and family members live with this issue on a daily basis. About 4 years ago, my cousin who suffers from fibroids was giving birth to her daughter and complications ensued. Doctors had to perform an emergency blood transfusion because of the amount of blood she lost during the birth. Instead of it being a time of joy to having just given birth, it was a time of panic & prayers for my cousin’s life. Thankfully she was able to recover, but so many women aren’t as fortunate.
If you or someone you love suffers from uterine fibroids, make sure you stop by The Fibroids Project and celebrate the launch of their new site & community!