You, the WHI participants, are remarkable. Your dedication to these efforts to improve women’s health inspires us all. You are the most reliable study participants ever, contributing information every year about you.
Many of you have written to tell us about your work, your families, your passions and what WHI has meant to you. We feature a small number of these here.
Thank you for your women’s health care studies. My mother just celebrated her 93rd birthday! She always thought it was important to be involved with studies like this.
I am a recently retired (prefer to say moving on to the next chapter of my life) Neonatal Nurse Practitioner from the Advanced Fetal Care Center. I have been blessed to find my path in the wonderful career of Nursing…
My life, like many others, has been impacted by illness in my family. We have come a long way but still have far to go in curing so many illnesses. I appreciate all your team is doing… Keep up the exceptional work… It’s been an honor to be part of your research.
I HAVE BEEN SO PROUD TO BE PART OF THE WHI.
I am 85 years old and widowed, having downsized to an active senior community… and am fortunate to have access to more than 100 clubs and organizations to choose from here…
Thank you again for furnishing health research information. Hope my small part of the initiative may have contributed.
I’ve been a participant all these years. In my lifetime often any information was focused on men only! Yay for WHI, thanks for all you do!! 82 ½ years old and KICKING!
WHI is very important to me. It gives me a sense of participation and of contributing to the health of women. The newsletter is a valuable source of information on your ongoing studies and gives a sense of connection to the organization.
I am a WHI participant from the 1990s to present at age 81 years.
94th birthday at class.
I have been in the program since I was in my 60’s. I am now 90 years old. I have benefited from the program in many ways, one to help in finding the answers the study is searching for, to read and keep my lifestyle as active physically as mentally, which is the hardest, as I have had to use a mobility scooter for transportation, and outside a walker. I love to weed in my many flower beds and plant a garden every Spring, as being outdoors and active even in half hour to hour doses is good for the body, great for the soul. I am thankful for being a part of this great group WHI and will continue to participate until I no longer can.
I joined the WHI via Emory University at my first opportunity because I believe the study of women’s health is so important. I continue to be amused/astonished that people cannot believe that at 77 I still practice hot yoga four times a week, and am always the oldest woman in the class. I hope perceptions of older women are changing! I frequently hear “you don’t look like you’re 77”! What should 77 look like?
Being a member of The Woman’s Health Initiative has kept me on my toes since Day #1. I look forward to your mail and newsletters. It’s always a challenge to participate in your studies and submit my responses. Although I’ve gotten “a bit older” and have down-sized into senior housing, I still get around pretty much on my own, drive locally, get out and about as much as possible and, in general, enjoy life and my family. Answering your surveys makes me realize how blessed I am to have inherited strong healthy genes! That’s me holding the small pink quilt.
I am Doris and I have participated in this program for many years. I am proud to have been able to do so.
I am Lorraine from Rhode Island. I was 98 when this picture was taken last September. I did complete the walk (around Fort Adams ), about two and a half miles. I was the very last one in line, so the last one to finish.
As a participant of WHI over decades, I used the ideas in questionnaires and the study suggestions to live a ‘total healthy whole life approach’ to living, forgoing the things that did not contribute to positive living. I am pleased that I was able to pass on suggestions to family, and glad the WHI has yielded knowledge for all women.
WHI, I’m a very healthy 76-year-young woman that started with WHI in the very beginning. I am over-the-top happy that the findings of WHI will help her & millions of other women make decisions regarding their health …..findings that were unavailable to me & my generation. Thank you WHI.
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It’s not too late to make a submission! If you wish to be included in the slideshow, please send us your photo and a few sentences about what being a WHI participant has meant to you.
E-mail us or send mail to: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Ave. N M3-A410, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109.
This video was produced for the WHI 2020 Meeting – A Vision of Women’s Health, which was planned for early May. Although the meeting was cancelled, we’re excited to share the teaser video featuring interviews with several WHI participants! The full-length version will be shown at the WHI 2021 Annual Meeting.
We now offer an online version of your WHI study forms. If you wish to sign up for this option, please e-mail us and be sure to include your preferred e-mail address. On the month you are typically due to have your study forms mailed, you will receive an email message with a link to your forms instead.
We will be hosting a series of online seminars starting in February 2021. Engage with WHI researchers and other participants on topics designed specifically for you! Get more details here.
Correction to the WHI Matters Newsletter: Please note that there is an error in the phone number on page 7, in the article entitled “Online WHI Forms are Now Available”. The telephone number in the third paragraph should be 1-800-218-8415. Alternatively, you may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to complete your forms online or have any questions.
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We always welcome feedback on the newsletter! E-mail us or send your correspondence to: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 1100 Fairview Ave. N, M3-A410, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109.
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