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SHARING THE INFORMATION

by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | July 30th, 2017

SHARING THE INFORMATION

This past weekend I got to watch the movie ‘Girls Trip’ with four of my girlfriends. I laughed so hard, my ribs began to ache. I lost all control and almost peed on myself.  Afterwards we went to a bar and grill and spent time retelling the parts of the movie we felt were funny.  We realized we each had a bit of each of the characters, some more than others. It had been months since we got together and we caught up with what was happening in each of our lives. I used this opportunity to practice what I preach on the website – sharing information. We talked about the importance of pap smears, risks factors for breast cancer and the benefits of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

It has been two years since we have been sharing information on this website. The first blog was written on July 26, 2015. The feedback has been positive. Recently, I had one of our sisters tell me that she shared the information regarding fibroids and her friend finally decided to see her physician because of her symptoms. Another sister told me that she was better prepared when she saw her physician based on the information on this website. Please continue to share the information and if you can convince some of your sister friends to sign up to be part of the family, that would be great.

As usual, I would like to share the 5 most read blogs in the past 6 months.

Gynecology 110: Cancer Screening – Reviews the common cancer screening tests for women (this was the most read blog)

Happy Mother’s Day to all Women – Mother’s Day marks the first Day of National Women’s Health Week. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority. This blog provides tips to make this goal a reality.

Let Me Introduce You to Mrs. Henrietta Lacks – A Woman Who Contributed to Medical Research – Before the movie, there was the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. In this blog learn about the contributions of Mrs. Lacks.

Gynecology 110: Health Screening – Screening is about prevention – There are so many people walking around with diseases they do not know they have but if found early can make a difference, for example high blood pressure and diabetes – learn more on this blog.

Uterine Fibroids – Do You Have Any Questions? Part 2 – This was part of a 3 part series. This particular blog focused on the treatment options for management of uterine fibroids.

I want to thank each of you for your encouragement for being part of the family, reading the blogs and sharing the information.  The purpose of this website remains the same as it did from the first blog dated July 26, 2015 to disseminate information that will be helpful for anyone who needs the tools for healthy living. Our mission is to reduce health disparity through education and empowerment which will require each of us to take an active role and that can be as simple as sharing the information.

If you have not seen the movie, ‘Girls Trip’, grab some friends and go. My only advice is that you empty your bladder before you go into the theater – you do not want to miss any part of the movie and you do not want to pee in your pants because you have been laughing so hard.

2 Responses to “SHARING THE INFORMATION”

  1. Bea says:

    Hello Dr Os
    I find your blogs very informative for myself and my sisters. We need your input on douching. I tell them it is not necessary because it’s like a self cleaning oven, however a couple of them disagree.
    Can you help a sister out??
    Bea

    • Ngozi Osuagwu, MD says:

      Thanks for sharing the information. I agree with you that douching is not necessary and can actually be harmful. Please refer to the blog titled- Gynecology 101: Is my vaginal discharge normal? that was written 8/28/16 to get more information.

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