June Women’s Center Director’s Letter

Support the Catherine Geering Community & Provider Educational Sexual Health Lectureship Today!

IMG_1429Today, on this beautiful day, I was reminded of my dear friend Catherine many times. One year ago, Catherine and I were both beginning our journey through cancer treatment. We shared a summer of chemotherapy together. We were bald together and sick together, but mostly, thanks to Catherine’s wicked sense of humor, we laughed together. She was a good friend and a bright spot in my life last summer. Even when she was sick herself, she worried about me and she supported me, even attending an event in my honor, during her own chemotherapy. Sadly, Catherine lost her battle with leukemia three months ago and I am still acutely aware of the loss of my friend and professional partner.

Catherine became a nurse practitioner after 30 years as a labor and delivery nurse, with the goal of caring for women at midlife. Her passion became sexual health and menopause management because it was apparent to her how many women were suffering in silence. She brought humor as well as compassion and kindness to her role as a provider and patients adored her. She was also instrumental in developing and launching the sexual health and menopause program within the Women’s Center and moving forward with the program is difficult without her. Every clinic session patients tell me how wonderful she was and how they miss her, and they share stories of how she helped them. There will never be another Catherine Geering.

I would like to honor Catherine by holding a lectureship in her honor in March 2016. I would like to remember her dedication to midlife women’s health, especially sexual health, her support of the UC Health Women’s Center, and her friendship and support of me, by funding a community and provider educational sexual health lectureship. Catherine was an active member of ISSWSH (International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health) and a colleague of many of the national experts in the field. I think she would be honored and happy to know that a lecture in her name, given by a thought leader in the field, would provide education to patients and providers about sexual health.

My goal is to raise $10,000 between now and Sept. 1, 2015 in order to host the Catherine Geering visiting professor and lecture. I would appreciate your support. A donation of any size is appreciated and can be made by going to uchealth.kintera.org/CatherineGeeringLecture2016. UC Health employees can designate their Above & Beyond gift to the Catherine Geering Sexual Health Lecture Fund. In the hopes of reaching the goal, I will personally match any donation between now and Sept. 1, 2015 up to $5,000.

Sincerely,

Lisa Larkin MD FACP NCMP, IF
Director, UC Health Women’s Center,
Associate Professor and Division Director, Midlife Women’s Health and Primary Care
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

 

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