Share your story - Shape the future of women's health
The WHC engages women to share their real-life experiences navigating Alberta's health system in the face of menstrual, reproductive and sexual health challenges.
When women tell their story it empowers other women to become their own health advocate and take charge of their experiences in their home, workplace and doctors office. It lets them know they are not lazy, crazy, or depressed…and they are not alone.
Women helping women changes lives!
How to Share Your Story
This is your story and should be told your way! You can do it as a video, audio file; as a narrative story or timeline of events. It can be as long or as short as you wish and can be told in part or as a whole. The talking points below are just a guide to help you remember your journey.
Telling your story now does not mean it is the end. A woman’s journey is most often never over; however you are now more informed, confident, empowered and ready to share. Your courage will help other women dealing with menstrual, sexual and reproductive health issues take control in their home, workplace and health system.
There are 2 parts to sharing your story: the story itself, and the release form.
Please ensure you complete both.
How to submit:
- attach audio file?
- paste YouTube link?
- release can work this way too?
Upload to Google Drive folder (inbox style)?
- Start from the beginning - what was happening?
- How did this all start?
Attempts for Help:
- Where did you look for help?
- Did you go to a medi centre, women’s clinic, general practitioner?
- How were you supported (or not) by the health system?
- Were you offered treatments or medications – for what?
- Was there follow up?
- Were you referred to a specialist – how long did it take to see the specialist?
- How long did it take to get a diagnosis?
- What was the diagnosis?
- Did you see a specialist or require additional tests to confirm the diagnosis?
- Did you get a second opinion?
- Did you seek out online resources – were they helpful?
- What options were provided to you and what area of the medical profession were they from?
Navigating the System:
- Did you feel supported by your medical professional?
- Were you provided with information that presented you with choices for your treatment?
- Did you connect with anyone dealing with the same diagnosis?
- Did you seek emotional support or join a support group?
- What would you suggest to anyone dealing with the same health issues?
- What should women say to their family, employer, doctor when they are not being supported the way they should be?
Dos and Don’ts:
- Would you do anything differently?
- Why are you sharing your story?