I have this big idea.
Really, I had it the day I launched a Facebook page and Twitter feed for this blog. Most recently, I registered this blog at BlogHer (It’s not in the directory yet, but it will be soon), in hopes of connecting with more moms who have or are experiencing pelvic pain related to childbirth or pregnancy.
I want to create a community of women who know what it feels like to be where I am. Where I was. And to give one another hope for where we’re going. I have found a lot of comfort in the UK-based Pelvic Partnership. They have support group meetings, even a day-long awareness event. And they have each other.
I reached out to them a while back and before the holidays I received by mail copies of their materials. They have a book about Pelvic Girdle Pain (formerly known as symphysis pubis dysfunction) as well as smaller booklets. One is for me about PGP and pain management, and the other is for partners, family and friends.
I could do that. Researching and writing is what I know. But it’s so much more than that.
Even though I have only been able to interact with the women of the Pelvic Partnership over the internet, I am completely inspired by what they do. When I had no answers they were there. The information on their site, specifically the notion that pelvic pain related to pregnancy or birth is a problem that will not heal itself convinced me to finally push for an appointment with an orthopedic specialist.
Had I not found them, who knows how long it would have been before I got an x-ray!
Since my surgery, I’ve used the resources on their website to learn more about my specific condition (diastasis symphysis pubis) and the family of related conditions (pelvic girdle pain or symphysis pubis dysfunction being the most common). The more I learn the more I feel like I’m making a positive out of the negative I experienced.
Yesterday I joined the Partnership.
Tomorrow I’ll move forward on this big idea.