‘My story’ is a popular and important feature within the Pelvic Partnership’s members’ area and archive of articles. It gives women the opportunity to write about their personal pregnancy-related PGP, what they thought, how they felt and the range of emotions and events that they have experienced as a result of having PGP. If you would like to submit your story, you are very welcome to upload it at the bottom of this form.
Our members tell us that writing about their experiences of PGP can be very cathartic and valuable in helping them to review, understand and clarify for themselves the impact PGP has had on them and their families. Members also tell us that it is extremely helpful when these experiences are shared with other women who have PGP as it can offer encouragement, widen their knowledge and understanding, and help to combat feelings of ‘being alone’ or being powerless to take action. ‘My story’ articles are perhaps the most effective for the reader when they show how far the writer has come in their own journey with PGP and the positive things they have learned about it along the way. It is an opportunity to share information and thoughts about PGP that can enlighten, support and encourage other women with PGP who may be newly diagnosed or experiencing a particularly challenging time in their own journey.
Ideas to help you write your story:
- Putting pen to paper might start with you thinking about the ‘who, when, why, where, how and what’ of your experience of PGP – in other words, think of relevant details when you are telling your story, such as when you first experienced symptoms, who you met that initially hindered or helped, why it was a surprise or a challenge to you, how you realised from the symptoms that it was called PGP, and where you were or what you were doing when you felt pain or discomfort. In this way, you can build your article from your own recollection of the details and attendant feelings.
- Are there significant stages in your story where there were people or situations that particularly helped you with your pain, isolation and mobility or helped you to feel more positive about making progress with managing your PGP
- Articles are usually between 400 and 1,000 words but you can write as little or as much as you like. Please send it to us as a PDF file if possible. At our end, we will do a light edit for sense, clarity, spelling and grammar and possibly take steps to shorten a very long article for publication.
- Some people find it easiest to write some ideas under bullet points that can be worked up into the key events and ideas they wish to convey. You might find it works best for you if you start by providing six key sentences which you can then draw out into individual paragraphs.
- It’s fine to provide a rough draft of your main thoughts and ideas and we can help by providing editing support and polishing up your draft ready for publication and, of course, checking with you before publishing.
- If you find it difficult to get started, read through some of our current ‘My story’ articles and then have a go at your own.
We look forward to hearing from you.