A local woman's mission to stop other women from suffering in silence
Courtney Gerrish reports on one of the biggest secrets in women's health. Women are suffering in silence because they don't want to talk about it. Now, a local woman is working to build awareness. Video by wtmj.comvideo
MUKWONAGO - Sherrie Palm of Mukwonago doesn't like to take things too seriously.
"I live to laugh, love to laugh.. that's the good stuff," she beams.
When it comes to her health though, Sherrie can be serious. "I'm very proactive with my own personal health."
So when she noticed a bulge in her pelvic area a few years ago, she was concerned. Doctors diagnosed her with Pelvic Organ Prolapse, or P.O.P.
Sherrie recalls, "My initial reaction was, 'I have what?'"
So she started researching, and learned POP is a disorder that's been on record for thousands of years, but she says, "I found out how no one wants to talk about the topic."
Doctors like Wheaton Franciscan Urogynecologist Dennis Miller are trying to change that--by making sure women know the symptoms.
"Prolapse is felt as a sense of falling out, like everything is falling out of your bottom," Dr. Miller explains.
P.O.P. is mostly seen in women who have had children, and have gone through menopause. There are various treatments, including pelvic-strenghtening exercises, and minimally invasive surgeries. Dr Miller urges, "Treatments available are successful, and easy to tolerate."
Sherrie had successful surgery in 2008, and has now written a book and started the non-profit APOPS to make sure other women don't suffer in silence.
"This is a health condition--nothing to be embarassed about, nothing to be ashamed about," Sherrie assures.