Sue's BlogI started writing my blog back in July 2011 after reading my son’s architecture blog which was one of his university assignments. I thought this was a good way to communicate information to my patients and maybe the rest of the (interested) world about my favourite topic – pelvic floor dysfunction, bladder and bowel problems, prolapse management, pelvic pain and lots of other topics.

Of course, what it has become, is a wonderful resource for my patients to access information on relevant topics – to review before or after their consultation. But it has become more than that. It has become a storyboard for my patients- a way for them to record their individual journeys- which for many is quite cathartic – and for them to rejoice on their successes and sometimes purge emotions that they have suffered with for years.

Also it has been enlightening for me as to how much I enjoy writing and I look forward each week to expressing a little spark of a thought triggered by a patient comment or something I’ve read and turn it into, what I hope, is an article full of information and tit-bits to educate more women (and men) and perhaps achieve a positive change in their quality of life.

So a blog is nothing to be scared of – it is just a collection of articles and you do not have to interact with it. Many women are worried about the concept and say: ‘I don’t do blogs’, thinking they have to carry on a conversation with me or the wider world. It is purely for you to read and become educated and if you click on FOLLOW, then each time I write a new blog it will be sent to your email in-box for you to read or delete. Many patients find it a useful reminder to do their exercises or prompts them to go back to their reading material to  make sure they are still doing all the strategies necessary to maintain a healthy bladder, bowel and pelvic floor.

Long-term compliance with conservative strategies is one of the most difficult things to achieve with patients! I hope through my blogs I can offer a way to remind and prompt my patients and the wider community, the importance of sticking to these strategies forever.

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