Glow Worthy Books: Hope Beyond Fibroids
A fibroid tumor, also known as leiomyoma or myoma, is a benign mass of compacted muscle and fibrous tissue that grows on the wall and in some cases outside of the uterus. It can be as small as a green pea or as large as a grapefruit in mass. Fibroid tumors occur in 50 to 80 percent of women, however in the United States, African American women suffer disproportionately and are two to three times more likely to have uterine fibroids than white women. Depending on the size and location of the fibroid tumors, a woman’s fertility can be compromised.
In her personal journey toward motherhood, Gessie Thompson endured 5 fibroid surgeries, having lived with fibroids for 14 years. She was intent on becoming a mother and knew deep within that it would be a integral part of her life. She underwent five IVF treatment cycles, a miscarriage and became pregnant with her miracle baby who was born at 2.5 pounds.
Gessie’s story of perseverance, faith, and triumph is chronicled in detail in her new book, Hope Beyond Fibroids: Stories of Miracle Babies & the Journey to Motherhood. The book includes other inspirational anecdotal stories of women, who took the path towards motherhood and their respective experiences living with fibroids how that impacted their lives.
A big component of Gessie’s story has been the support of her life coach- Coach Felicia Scott, who held her hand along the way. In the book, she shares affirming tips that will empower any woman and her circle of supporters who need uplift as they move through the highs and lows of their fertility journey.
Gessie Thompson is a NY based Fibroids Awareness Advocate. Her passion to help women navigate the challenges they encounter to conceive or carry their babies to full term has empowered her to create a path for women which offers inspiration and guidance through her work as an author, fertility coach and activist. She’s an avid spokesperson and board member of The White Dress Project and founder of Circle of Hope Prayer Group. Ms. Thompson became a first-time mother in the fall of 2011. She launched her book at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans where she spoke about fibroids and her fertility journey.
Proceeds from book sales will benefit The White Dress Project – a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for research and awareness of uterine fibroids.
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