A long time ago, before I had my own babies, I was a social worker at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre. I worked as part of an interdisciplinary team to support our patients’ physical, emotional, and social well being. I know firsthand the amazing work that happens in this hospital on behalf of the women of British Columbia.
And then I got pregnant with my first baby and discovered I had gestational diabetes. I became a patient myself, accessing world class resources at the Diabetes in Pregnancy Service right there in the hospital. I met regularly with my health care team including a dietician, a nurse educator, and an endocrinologist who worked with me to make sure I had all the information and resources I needed to manage my diabetes and deliver a healthy baby girl. And it worked! Hello, Tee!
Another example of the amazing work that happens here at BC Women’s is the Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis. Endometriosis is a chronic and debilitating condition in which the uterine lining tissue grows outside the uterus, causing intense pain, abnormal menstrual bleeding, and in many cases, infertility. Endometriosis impacts a staggering one in ten women, and most women with endometriosis suffer for years before they get help.
Brittany was one of those women. She lived with chronic pain for over a decade, going from doctor to doctor hoping for some relief. It wasn’t until she came to BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis that she finally felt heard and cared for. “The first thing that struck me was how wonderful the clinic team is. I wasn’t treated like just another patient through the door,” says Brittany. “Coming to BC Women’s was such a breath of fresh air.”
At BC Women’s, Brittany worked with a team of health care professionals. She received hormone therapy and pain management strategies instead of the typical surgical intervention, which meant she was able to go home and get back to her life quicker. “I left feeling better equipped to deal with my endometriosis, as I was able to take away invaluable strategies to deal with pain,” she says. “It’s not just being treated as a patient, but as a person. It’s one of the biggest blessings that someone could ask for.”
The BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis is partially funded by Shoppers Drug Mart’s Growing Women’s Health Program, and Brittany is just one of the many women who have been helped by this valuable program. Actually, Shoppers Drug Mart’s Growing Women’s Health Program supports many programs and women at BC Women’s Hospital. The Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis clinic is just one of them.
Growing Women’s Health
This month, Shoppers Drug Mart kicked off its 16th annual SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Growing Women’s Health campaign to raise money for women’s health organizations across Canada. During the course of the campaign, local Shoppers Drug Mart locations will be accepting donations with the goal of raising $3.6 million to help fund local women’s health charities. Each store has partnered with a charity in their local community to support. Here in Vancouver, many of our local stores have designated BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre as their charity of choice, and I can’t think of a better place.
Wherever you live, 100% of your donations stay in your community. Over the last year, Growing Women’s Health has supported more than 500 local women’s health charities in cities and towns right across Canada. Thanks to the generosity of Canadians like you and me, this campaign has raised close to $32.3 million dollars in donations over the past 15 years. That’s an astounding legacy of help and support for women all across our country!
Together we can make a difference! I hope you’ll consider making a donation next time you’re at Shoppers Drug Mart. You can buy a leaf for a loonie, a butterfly for $5, an apple for $10, or a bird for $50 to place on the Growing Women’s Health Tree in store.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation in collaboration with the Shoppers Drug Mart Growing Women’s Health campaign. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own. Your experience may differ.