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In My Own Words: Women’s Experience of Hysterectomy


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Perhaps you’ve had or are thinking about having a hysterectomy.

Maybe you know someone who is having a hysterectomy.

In either situation the most common reaction is to feel isolated and fearful about what you don’t know. The Hysterectomy Association believes having enough good quality, impartial information is the key to navigating this change successfully, we also know that other people’s stories are incredibly powerful too.

This book of real-life stories has been drawn together from many that have been shared with us over the years. They show that whilst every experience of hysterectomy is unique there are common threads and themes running through them. Other people’s stories help women feel less isolated. They show that they aren’t going mad, missing the point or stupid. They show their concerns are genuine and that the only way to deal with them is to voice them.

These stories are a mixed bag telling of loss, happiness, joy and pain and they talk of a need to share with others before moving on.

In My Own Words is available in the following formats:

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Weight 0.29 kg
Dimensions 22.8 × 15.2 × 1 cm
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3 reviews for In My Own Words: Women’s Experience of Hysterectomy

  1. Flowery359

    Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m very glad that I have read this, I feel that it has better prepared me for my recovery journey, but it is not an easy read. Some of the stories shared are traumatic and heart breaking, making them very hard to get through. I shed tears for a number of these women and while there is comfort in knowing that you are not alone, I did have to put this down several times as some of the stories of suffering were very overwhelming when waiting for your own surgery. That being said, I have finished it being psychologically more prepared for the possibility of things going wrong with my procedure and aware of risks that I had not previously considered. I am grateful to the amazing women who shared their stories and I hope that those who were struggling at the time of writing have found great improvement since.

  2. Lisa

    Rated 5 out of 5

    I have only got half way through this fasinating book of real ladies and their stories. But I would recommend it to anyone either waiting for surgery or post op.

  3. Jane Williams

    Rated 5 out of 5

    I have just finished reading “In my own Words ” and I couldnt put it down. It is so interesting and incredible how everyone’s story is different with the variation in emotion for me as the reader moving from being saddened, to being amazed and even being inspired. I felt privileged to read such personal accounts. There is lots of advice for ladies considering, going through and recovering from an operation.

    My hysterectomy was a huge milestone in my life after many many years of suffering heavy periods and constipation. With doctors saying I had bowel problems, followed by “its just what happens to women”. I could not have coped without Linda’s website (, and her 101 hints book. I recommend them both to ladies I know who are having their operation. I will now be recommending this book too. Having a hysterectomy is an incredibly personal experience and one that needs to be taken seriously and prepared for. Linda was a huge support to me and to so many others. Thank you so much.

    Superb book – fascinating read. Well done Linda and all the ladies that contributed their stories!

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