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Why I started the International Gynaecological (GYN) Awareness Day

Why I started the International Gynaecological (GYN) Awareness Day

by Kath Mazzella OAM

There were five major events that led me to create the International GYN Awareness Day.

Diagnosed with Gynaecological Cancer

When I was diagnosed with Vulva cancer, I endured a tremendous process of grief and personal physical and emotional struggle with first the diagnosis and then with the terrible suffering of the surgery and life post-surgery. Excuse my frankness, but at first, I was shell shocked that I had to choose between dying and living without my ‘female sacred soul’ for the sake of my family, as they wanted to cut out my clitoris, lymph glands and vulva. The first thoughts after diagnosis were, “What will I be without my genitals?”, “What about my sexual life?” and “Will my husband leave me?”, which then progressed to “What am I?” and “Where do I fit in society?”
Discovered Daughter had Endometriosis and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome

Then a short time after my surgery I discovered that my daughter had Endometriosis and Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Through ignorance, I had been unsympathetic and unsupportive of my daughter, secretly thinking ‘suck it up, princess, we all have pain with our periods’. I had little knowledge of gynaecology risks and symptoms, so I was mortified to learn that my daughter had been suffering severe levels of pain and doing that suffering relatively alone. She had joined the ranks of the millions of women in the world who suffer in silence with these conditions.
Someone Who Shared My Experience

I met a woman who had been through the same experience as me. I realised that there was healing in sharing stories and it was really important. I also realised that knowledge is power and that often the medical profession holds all the knowledge and only tell the patient what they think the patient needs to hear, not recognising that the patient might want deeper level information or access to others going through the same or similar challenge. I recognised that this needs to change. That there needs to be an opportunity for all to come together and share information.
Advertised in Prominent Women’s Magazine

Placing an advertisement in a prominent women’s magazine, I was flooded with letters from women who were suffering in silence expressing their loneliness, shame, embarrassment and frustrations. It again impressed upon me how women are geared towards communal living and needed the opportunity to come together for healing and sharing.
 

Started a Support Group for Women – GAIN Inc

I started a support group for women, which morphed into GAIN Inc. (Gynaecological Awareness Information Network Inc.)  It was as we were building this group, that I had the thought about creating a Gynaecological Awareness Day to help break down the stigmas and barriers and bring the medical profession, men and women to the same table to share our experiences and our knowledge. As I explored this idea, Senator Amanda Vanstone informed me that I could just name the day and make it happen. So, I decided to make it an International Day and so the International GYN Awareness Day  on 10th September was birthed.

The key messages about this day are:

  1. Bring together the medical profession and community for the purpose of greater education, awareness and sharing of experiences.
  2. Bring the men of our community into the picture, acknowledging that they often carry the load when their partners, sisters, mothers, aunts, daughters, work colleagues are suffering and encouraging them to gain their own knowledge of Gynaecology.
  3. To break down the stigmas and barriers associated with Gynaecological, Sexual and Mental Health and to bring a fresh, fun and vivid image to this topic, taking it out of the closet.
  4. To link Gynaecological, Sexual and Mental Health together, so we treat women holistically.

I am now looking for CHANGE CHAMPIONS who will embrace my message and run with it. If you are someone who is passionate about making a difference, willing to follow simple instructions to achieve big results, I need your help to make the International GYN Awareness Day an International reality so that we can start this conversation in every corner of the globe.

How to get involved:

  1. Go to kathmazzella.com/IGAD and download the IGAD Kit, which takes you step by step through the process of how to celebrate and share the message.
  2. Join the Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/KathMazzellaUBUCampaign/and join in the fun!
  3. Make the decision to celebrate the International GYN Awareness Day on 10 September.
  4. Book Kath to come and speak to your group or to do an Undies for Better Understanding Workshop with your community or corporate group.

 

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Conscious Living Expo 2017 GYN Health

Thanks to Patricia Hamilton and all her team at Conscious Living Expo 2017. We had a ball connecting with like minded people. X Kath Mazzella

Posted by Kath Mazzella on Saturday, 4 November 2017

Thanks to Patricia Hamilton and her team.  It was great to have the opportunity to share our GYN Health knowledge and to listen to some of the devastating stories especially young women enduring Polycystic ovaries and Endometriosis and many searching for answers and suffering in silence.  This only re-iterates the prime need for the International Gynaecological Awareness Day celebrations to not only give voice to these women, create a greater community education and support and most of all greater funding and research.  I encourage you to plan your event and help promote your business though the Gynae Awareness day 2018

Sisters on Steel Motor Cycle Women’s Group International Gynae Awareness Day event

It would be great if you could join in the fun and meet up after the rally at Ravenswood Hotel Saturday 9 September to help support the Gynaecological Awareness Day.

 

National Rural Health Alliance Partyline

Below is article appearing in March edition of Partline to online magazine for National Rural Health Alliance.

It is hoped that this will reach far and wide to rural communities.  It would be great for all to encourage their networks to celebrate the Gynae Awareness day in their corner of the world.

Link to Kaths article:

http://www.ruralhealth.org.au/partyline/article/support-international-gynaecological-awareness-day-10-september

Support International Gynaecological Awareness Day on 10 September

  • Wongan Wobblers high tea

Wongan Wobblers high tea

International Gynaecological Awareness Day (IGAD) brings communities together and raises awareness of a serious topic through an element of fun. Download the IGAD kit at https://www.kathmazzella.com/category/international-gyn-awareness-day/  to help you organise an ‘Undies for Better Understanding’ event in your local area, encouraging women to speak out.

After my radical gynaecological cancer treatment, I soon realised millions of women, including country women, have gynaecological health issues but do not have a voice. I set out as an advocate for greater recognition of gynaecological and related mental health needs. These issues are poorly understood by many professionals, the community and women’s groups. We need to improve the knowledge and attitudes of the community at large with greater education and, most of all, support women and men standing alongside their women: wives, partners, mothers, sisters, daughters, work colleagues.

Undies quilt by Perth Modern Quilters
Undies quilt by Perth Modern Quilters

The Perth Modern Quilters created a quilt to assist me to help break down barriers and stigmas. When showing the quilt to the Country Women’s Association, Western Australia I was invited as a guest speaker at their 90th conference. This led to doing many country presentations and undies workshops. There is much laughter during these workshops as they allow women to sit around with each other, share their stories and have great conversations while making their undies. It helps them to be able to converse more openly next time they approach their health practitioners and to create greater dialogue between mothers and daughters and lessen the stigmas that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

I was born in Kalgoorlie, WA. I founded the Gynaecological Awareness Information Network Inc. www.gain.org.au in 2001. As a health consumer, a survivor and a thriver I am seeking support and action for International Gynaecological Awareness Day.

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business-of-blood-can-be-tough-for-a-female-entrepreneur

It was fantastic to watch this video and the concept of Maki Agrawal to make her difference in the world for women.  I have written to her to seek collaboration with the Gynaecological Awareness Day.  How exciting it would be if we could bring this together.  Wish me luck

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-15/the-business-of-blood-can-be-tough-for-a-female-entrepreneur