I started writing my Sue Croft blog in 2011 after reading my son’s architecture blog which was one of his university assignments. I thought this was a good way to communicate information to my patients and maybe the rest of the (interested) world about my favourite topic – pelvic floor dysfunction, bladder and bowel problems, prolapse management, pelvic pain and lots of other topics.
Of course, what it has become, is a resource for my patients to access information on relevant topics – to review before or after their consultation. But it has become more than that. It has become a storyboard for my patients- a way for them to record their individual journeys- which for many is quite cathartic – and for them to rejoice on their successes and sometimes purge emotions that they have suffered with for years.
Also it has been enlightening for me as to how much I enjoy writing and I look forward each week to expressing a little spark of a thought triggered by a patient comment or something I’ve read and turn it into, what I hope, is an article full of information and tit-bits to educate more women (and men) and perhaps achieve a positive change in their quality of life.
So a blog is nothing to be scared of – it is just a collection of articles and you do not have to interact with it. Many women are worried about the concept and say: ‘I don’t do blogs’, thinking they have to carry on a conversation with me or the wider world. It is purely for you to read and become educated. If you would like my new blogs to be sent automatically to your email, go to the blog site and ‘subscribe’ with your email at the bottom of the page. After that, each time I write a new blog it will be sent to your email in-box for you to read or delete. This is not a marketing tool. You will not be sent marketing material. It is only intended to educate you. Many patients find it a useful reminder to do their exercises or prompts them to go back to their reading material to make sure they are still doing all the strategies necessary to maintain a healthy bladder, bowel and pelvic floor.
Long-term compliance with conservative strategies is one of the most difficult things to achieve with patients! I hope through my blogs I can offer a way to remind and prompt my patients and the wider community about the importance of sticking to these strategies forever.
You can see my latest blogs at the bottom of this page.