Sherrie Palm, diagnosed at 54

~I noticed a strange lump while wiping after urinating~

After about three months of feeling the bulge, I took a hand held mirror to see what was going on down below. I was a bit shocked to see what looked like a large tumor coming out of my vagina. I wasn't scared, I'd never heard of vaginal cancer and I had no pain, but I knew whatever was going on had to be addressed. I emailed a friend who is my primary care clinician and she said come on over for a pelvic exam.

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Mary P, Triathelete, Diagnosed at 50

~HE SHRUGGED HIS SHOULDERS AND SAID WHAT DO YOU EXPECT, YOU’RE 50, HAVE FOUR KIDS AND YOU RUN~

I first became aware of my POP in July of 2014. I was running, training for a triathlon when something from inside my body went plop into my vagina.  I had no idea what had just happened but I knew that something had just gone terribly wrong.  I was not in pain so I walked home. A few days later I went to a gynecologist. I assumed that I would need a hysterectomy and then I would be OK. After the exam, he diagnosed me with cystocele, rectocele, and uterine prolapse. He explained just a little what those terms meant and then he shrugged his shoulders and said what do you expect, you’re 50, have four kids and you run. He advised me to put a tampon in and keep running.

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POP SUCCESS STORIES

Women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) typically navigate a period of high anxiety, fear, anger, and/or frustration. As they find APOPS online support forum and engage in conversation with other women sharing their POP journeys from diagnosis through treatment, returning their bodies to balance by utilizing non-surgical or surgical treatments, and recognizing the need to modify behaviors, they are able to move forward with their lives rather than continue to live in fear with POP. Here are some of the brave women who’ve chosen to share their positive energy to provide hope for those new to the POP learning curve.

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