In March 2011, Saschan was diagnosed with a ovarian cyst on her right ovary and from her experience aims to provide a platform for girls to have their voices heard.
Sasch we must say this is in amazing platform for young girls to have a voice. How do you feel about such an accomplishment?
I feel extremely blessed to giving young women an opportunity to learn more about themselves, their reproductive health and their bodies. I think the relationships, which grow, and the changes we undergo as women during different stages of our womanhood should be celebrated with one another. Our bodies as women are wonderful in every shape and size but they don’t always work the way we expect them too.
Do you believe that the womb room is sending a clear message out there for reproductive health?
I think there is always room for improvement. Reproductive health is such an important topic of conversation for women. We have a long way to go in spreading the word and raising awareness, but we are getting there at a good pace and we have a lot planned over the next few years.
Is the organisation target specific or generally raising awareness for all women?
We generally aim to support young women under 30. There is no minimum age of whom the womb room will support, because we understand that reproductive health problems can occur at any time in a woman’s life.
What do you aim to achieve within the next year?
At the moment I am completing my final year of university so there are a lot of plans on hold until after I graduate. We update the website on a regular basis and are running workshops in schools across the country raising awareness. We are hopeful to build a team of young women who can help turn The Womb Room into a national voice.
“ We are hopeful to build a team of young women who can help turn The Womb Room into a national voice.”
As well as having TheWombRoom blog, do you have any other plans to help raise awareness?
We will be running some events and contributing to other blogs for young women to help spread the word. We also aim to run one event each year, which brings young women together from across the country and offers them an opportunity to share their experiences and have fun in a relaxed environment. Last year we ran a 1950’s style photo shoot at The Vintage Salon in the Custard Factory. It was an amazing day and we were fortunate enough to have the help of Celebrity Stylist Nathan Klein and photographer Stephanie Rushton.
After going through an intense surgery, how did you find the recovery process?
My Mum was extremely supportive. Having already experienced a hysterectomy at a young age she understood a lot of what I was experiencing and we had spent time previously discussing what to expect following surgery. I spent a lot of time unable to do certain things and relied heavily upon my Mum to take care of me, even simple everyday tasks such as getting in the bath required assistance.
How do you think your experience has changed your perspective on life?
It has made me a lot more positive and I have realised that life is short. I have had to sacrifice a lot of things including a change in career but every cloud has a silver lining. Despite the sacrifices, I have been offered new opportunities to explore different avenues following my surgery. I feel the greatest thing I have taken from my experience is the ability to realise the beauty of being a woman. In spite of how we are socially, culturally and politically defined it is integral to our nature grow with our life experiences.
What advice can you give to a ‘Skool Girl’?
It is always important to find the courage to seek help from somewhere reliable. The decision to speak to a medical professional about any health issues or symptoms you may have could be the choice between life and death in some extreme cases.