“Pelvic organ prolapse is not an American women’s health concern,
it is a global women’s health pandemic.”
WHISPERS FROM OUR FOUNDER
September 8, 2010
From the beginning of this journey, I knew I wanted to connect with women on a deeper level about the impact POP has on all of our lives. Those of us who have already been diagnosed and treated for POP understand the distress women who are newly diagnosed are going through. In the beginning it can be frustrating to dissect the information available; is the data we have access to accurate, which information applies to us personally, are treatments or surgery the best path. It takes a bit of time to figure out the right course to take.
My vision for APOPS is simple-women who are a bit further down the path of POP awareness connecting with women who are newly diagnosed. Together we will find the information that will assist our paths. Together we will guide, support, and nurture. Together we will shift the awareness curve by passing the information we gain on to the younger generation.
I have no doubt that with the strength and determination women bring to the table, we will change the mindset of the world at large regarding pelvic organ prolapse from a common female health concern that gets little acknowledgement to a widely recognized condition that is addressed in terms of prevention, early recognition for less aggressive treatment, and maintenance for continuing quality of life. With your help, we can change the world.
My continuing gratitude to you all!
Sherrie Palm, APOPS Founder/Executive Director
About Sherrie Palm
Sherrie Palm is the Founder/CEO/Executive Director of the Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support (APOPS), a pelvic organ prolapse (POP) Key Opinion Leader, author of award winning book Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic, a speaker on multiple aspects of pelvic organ prolapse quality of life impact, and an international women's pelvic health advocate. Sherrie’s points of focus are generating global POP awareness, developing guidance and support structures for women navigating POP, and bridge building within POP healthcare, research, academia, industry, and policy sectors toward the evolution of POP directives.
As pelvic organ prolapse awareness evolved after Sherrie published the 1st Edition of her book in 2009, she continued to write articles (posted to the Library page and Sherrie Palm Articles page) and build YouTube videos to expand patient awareness and POP education, while speaking at medical conferences to bridge the gaps in impact to quality of life reality between patients and the healthcare, academic, research, industry, and policy sectors. The 3rd Edition of Sherrie's book was published in May 2017.
Sherrie's outreach has enabled APOPS voice to reach women in 84 countries, enabling women to share insights and support each other on a global scale.
More info about Sherrie's book Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic, 3rd Edition, can be found here.