From the Founder of HysterSisters, Kathy Kelley:
HysterSisters website was founded in 1998 as a result of my own hysterectomy experience. I managed to figure out enough HTML to get the website launched. Within a short period of time, the website became a busy place. Our HysterSisters "community" was built for women to discuss their experiences with each other, helping build support for the surgery preparation and for the post-surgery recovery time.
And, I knew that the men, the husbands of the HysterSisters, spend time online, reading the website, trying to gather information to help them understand what is happening to their wives and girlfriends. Frightened. Confused. They want to help.
Their emails to me reveal that they have a need to know about the surgery, the expectations of recovery and the emotional needs of the caretakers.
Hello. My wife had a hysterectomy today. She has had endometriosis since she was 12. I know that this is probably for the best but I am having a very difficult time trying to understand all the implications and I am scared to death of not being able to support her to the very best of my abilities. Any advice on what I can do to make her recovery more pleasant?
My wife has been a rock through this whole thing and I am the one who has been walking around like a train wreck. Other than the obvious, what can I do?
My wife is going to have a partial hysterectomy. I would like to know how best to care for her. What should she eat? Will she have chills? What do I need to prepare for emotionally? Anything that would help me care for her better? I would like to hear from all of you, because everyone has different needs. The more feedback I get, the better I can care for my wife. Thank you all for your help!
And so, this website (and book!) is for you: the men of the HysterSisters. We have gathered the info that will aid understanding, the words that will comfort and the practical advice that will help you to help your HysterSister.