‘Your Stories’ is a place for women to share their health stories with us, to help support and encourage other women to make their health a priority too. Here is Diana’s story.
Diana was sitting in her physiotherapist’s waiting room when she picked up a copy of the Jean Hailes Magazine. She was surprised to read so much about incontinence, a condition that had caused her a great deal of angst over the previous two years.
Repeated visits to health professionals, including a trip to a continence clinic, had not resolved the issue for her. She also suffered with severe constipation and it was the pain associated with this condition that encouraged her to contact the Jean Hailes clinic in Clayton, Victoria.
I have been a nurse in the past, so I recognise good approaches and bad approaches to care.Diana, VIC
“I was delighted with the manner of the doctor and the physiotherapist that I saw. They were professional, understood what I was saying, and were not dismissive of me. I felt I was in really capable hands,” she explains.
Diana was so impressed with the care she received that she decided to host an event for Jean Hailes’ Women’s Health Week.
It was about raising awareness of what the Jean Hailes organisation provides for women.Diana, VIC
More than 40 women attended a lunch that Diana organised through Inner Wheel, a spinoff of the Rotary Club, in Langwarrin. “It was a really positive event,” says Diana. “A few of the ladies had been to Jean Hailes clinics and others were really happy to learn about it.”
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