Celebrate Fibroid Awareness Month by Speaking Out: Fun Ideas for Women
Posted byBethany Johnson
Most people know little about uterine fibroids, the most prevalent form of benign tumor among women of childbearing age, according to the National Institutes of Health. And why should they? After all, some women who live with the condition experience no symptoms whatsoever.1 However, uterine fibroids and their symptoms diminish the quality of life for too many women who simply don’t know about the condition. And that’s exactly why raising awareness is important.
July is Fibroid Awareness Month, so find your voice and speak up for women everywhere. Here’s how.
Start the Conversation
Introducing someone to a potentially healthy future is the greatest gift you can give. The trick is to simply generate a little buzz. These creative ideas can get you started.
- Organize a walk. Rally your buddies for an on-foot Fibroid Awareness Month parade around town. Contact your local government to get a permit, insurance and route materials like traffic cones. Ask your police department what route works best for everyone, and which walkie-talkie channel they prefer you use to coordinate day-of. Then, get out there and walk! Offer curious onlookers a colorful handout with more information.
- Set a world record. Brainstorm ways you could do what no one else has done before- think of something related to women’s health. Then, circle a date on the calendar to set a world record! Once you’ve established the date, build excitement online by starting a social media page and asking others to spread the word. Get creative!
- Get Social. Share your fibroid story or talk about the importance of fibroid awareness using #WhyIWearWhite on social media. This has the potential to go viral, waking thousands of people up to the realization that fibroids are among the most commonly misunderstood women’s issues. Challenge friends and neighbors to post a selfie using the hashtag and tag friends to keep the chain going. If you want to take the concept a step further, make a video in the tradition of the celebrated ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Don’t forget to use #WhyIWearWhite.
- Involve your workplace. Managers are always looking for a philanthropic outreach to support. Help your boss spearhead an office-wide Fibroid Awareness Month campaign. Lobby your company to donate a certain dollar amount for each teammate who shows up to work in either formal wear or pajamas — their choice — for a day. Ask your company’s next door “business neighbor” to match each donation.
- Host a Quizbowl. Coordinate a game night that inspires everyone’s inner brainiac. To ensure all people have a fair shot, advertise trivia topics that span generations and interests. In other words, let participants sign up to compete in their choice of random subjects. For example, popular mobile gaming apps, flower gardening, Beyonce trivia, history of the White House, mafia myths, or famous French chefs. Charge attendees an entrance fee and let each contestant wow the others with their surprising wealth of incredibly random knowledge. All proceeds would be donated to an organization focused on women’s health.
Join the Conversation
Instead of trying to start your own thing, you could also join the momentum of a group that’s already working to support women. Many nonprofits feel like they’ve tried everything to build community. Introduce yourself as someone who simply wants to help. Your fresh energy can inspire coordinators and volunteers alike. Your help could be as simple as bringing fresh-cut fruits from the farmers market labeled “Fiber for Fibroids” with a stack of informational pamphlets showing where women can learn more. Or you could host a talent show for women and kids at the nonprofit. Make it extra special by inviting a local celebrity to make an appearance and offer a few words of encouragement.
However you choose to jumpstart fibroid awareness, be sure to prep ahead of time for the moment when someone asks, “Why are you doing this?” A sentence or two is all you need to inspire hope in someone else. Be sure to share your story with us on social so we can cheer you on!
1“Uterine Fibroids.” National Institutes of Health. https://medlineplus.gov/uterinefibroids.html.
- Posted by Bethany Johnson
- On June 26, 2017