Debbie Braaten

Ms. Debbie Braaten was an artist and taught art classes privately, and through the College of the Albemarle’s non-credit, Continuing Education in Hatteras, North Carolina. In November of 1996 a hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy was performed on Ms. Braaten. Although compounded, bio-identical hormone replacement has had positive effects, nothing in her life would be the same. Ms. Braaten had not met anyone else who had the same experience and was unable to put it into words until she discovered Hysterectomy Education, Resource and Services (HERS). On their website she finally saw, in black and white, what she had been trying to express. In March of 2005 she spoke on the panel of the HERS, Twenty-Fourth Hysterectomy Conference, coinciding with the culmination of a yearlong, Nationwide Protest demanding an end to unconsented hysterectomy in Washington, D.C. In 2008 and 2009, Ms. Braaten participated in the “Hill Day” portion of the annual conference for IACP, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists as a patient of compounded hormones. A few years later she drafted, “Compounding, and It’s Importance to Me” for a committee that was reviewing new compounding legislation. In 2013 she became a Citizen Healer with Voice for Hope, a group of activists and healers who work to create a dialogue with our elected leaders to enlighten them about alternative health methods which the Healthcare Act of 2014 ignored. In 2018 she participated in the Health Huddle of Maryland Wise Women, offering her proposal, “Educating Women on the Possible Effects of Hysterectomy, Ovary Removal and Hormone Therapy.” Today Ms. Braaten is working with Citizens for Health to educate and empower women to remain in control of their own health and wellness decisions.
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22 Oct: Hysterectomy, Pt V

Hysterectomy Part V Dear Dr. God by Debbie Braaten You performed a hysterectomy on me November 11, 1996. Little did I know that would be the saddest day of my life. That surgery would create emotional grief and pain like I had never known could exist. My father’s death didn’t even come close to the grief and pain my hysterectomy…

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21 Oct: Hysterectomy, Pt IV

Hysterectomy Part IV More Answers and Questions by Debbie Braaten THE REMOVAL OF ADDITIONAL ORGANS Dr. Burke’s response to the question “can other organs be removed at the time of hysterectomy?” went straight to the point: yes. Most surgical consent forms contain language that permits other organs to be removed in order to control bleeding, complete the planned procedure, or…

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20 Oct: Hysterectomy, Pt III

  Hysterectomy Part III Answers and Questions by Debbie Braaten “The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie; deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth; persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without…

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19 Oct: Hysterectomy, Pt II

Hysterectomy Part II Compounding, and Its Importance to Me by Debbie Braaten Compounding (medical) – In the field of pharmacy, compounding is preparation of a custom formulation of a medication to fit a unique need of a patient that cannot be met with commercially available products. – Wikipedia It is difficult to put into words the all-encompassing life changes induced…

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17 Oct: Hysterectomy, Pt I

Hysterectomy Part I It has taken me a very long time to complete this project. I am very grateful for Jim Turner’s patience as he has demonstrated more patience than I knew a person could have. Thank you. – Debbie Braaten Introduction by Jim Turner Women get bad treatment from the medical system. Read “The healthcare system thinks helping women…