Thanksgiving at Plimouth!

Back in June, I purchased tickets for us for Thanksgiving day – at the Plimouth Plantation. We plan on arriving early enough to visit the Plantation and visit with in the Home of (re-enactors) Francis Cooke and Hester Cooke and Stephen and Elizabeth Hopkins in particular. In the last few years, I’ve managed to document and receive my official Mayflower society certificate as a descendent of Francis Cooke. My supplemental application is in process for Stephen Hopkins. We plan on seeing the Mayflower II – to imagine life back in 1620: The reformation in full bloom within Europe and the persecution of the christians within the Church of England, the Huguenots in France and Germany and the entire cultural environment that led a group of saints and strangers to huddle in a boat named the Mayflower.

We are super excited about our plans. I’m hoping the weather warms up a bit. In the 40’s during the day – is cold for Texas. In Massachusetts – colder still! We have 2 walking tours planned – one of downtown historic Plymouth and one of the Founders Monument. I need to make sure I take some cuddle duds! And a hat. And gloves. Have you been to Plymouth?

My Choices About Hysterectomy

I was 26 years old when my mother died of ovarian cancer. Her mother had died of breast cancer. In the 1980’s we had begun to hear about the connection between ovarian cancer and breast cancer ┬ábut there was no way to be tested. In fact, by the time I was 40 (over 16 years ago) testing was still not readily available. I chose to have a prophylactic hysterectomy and oophorectomy as a precaution, a prevention to having ovarian cancer. And breast cancer.

While I was recovering from my hysterectomy, I launched HysterSisters. It’s amazing to look back on my journey – and seeing the people God has brought along my path. Staff members. Volunteers. Doctors. Sponsors. Each have contributed to making HysterSisters the best place on the internet to receive support and information for hysterectomy and all things gynecologic.

And it turns out that we discovered that we are a BRCA1 family – with a real mutation identified and recorded. But I am negative. Isn’t that amazing? And wonderful.

But because I’ve walked this path, my heart leans towards the women who are BRCA related or genetically predisposed towards cancer – ovarian and/or breast.

If you are struggling with choices about your hysterectomy for fibroids, endometriosis, BRCA, GYN cancers, pelvic floor prolapse or menopause issues, check out HysterSisters Hysterectomy website for resources. Once you join, you will have access to the community and to the Hysterectomy Checkpoints (timed information based on YOUR surgery timeline.)