"It hurts, it hurts,” Michael Marion said. “Sometimes I just want to close my eyes when I go by. That way maybe it's not there, but it's there and every day we go by it, my boys see it every day, their bus goes by it every day."
They've taken to Facebook by the thousands. They drafted a globally known activist to help with their fight.
And now women who've had problems with the birth control Essure have gone to Washington, all in an effort to get a popular birth control device pulled from the market.
Bel Air mom Krystal Donahue was scheduled for a hysterectomy first thing Monday morning. She could have spent the weekend resting. Instead she spent Saturday and Sunday with other Essure patients, rallying to shine a light on side effects they've experienced from the device in hopes doctors would listen.
Donahue and a half dozen other Essure patients from across the country spent the weekend at the AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology at National Harbor. The American Association of Gynecologic Laporoscopists staged the event at the Gaylord National Resort.
Donahue and the group stood outside the event with signs spelling out their Essure issues. The birth control device, which is implanted in a woman's fallopian tubes, is the focus of a Facebook group that has been joined by more than 3,000 women. They complain the device has left them with severe pain and other complications including cysts, pregnancy and even prompted some to get hysterectomies to end their pain.
The Essure group held a closed door meeting the Executive Committee of AAGL. One participant blogged about the meeting, saying the committee is committed to sending out memos to thousands of doctors in their organization, letting them know about the complications so women who have experienced difficulties with Essure can get the attention they need.
Donahue and the other participants considered the meeting a victory for the group, which has enlisted activist Erin Brockovich in its efforts to get Essure pulled from the market.
Bayer, which bought the company that originally manufactured the device back in June, insists Essure is safe. The company says the complications impact only a small number of the 750,000 users worldwide.
Court records detail not only Timothy Virts potential for violence but also the custody agreements for parenting the children he had with murder victim Bobbie Joe Cortez.
Maryland hit-and-run reports by the numbers
Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has weighed in on a bill that asks Maryland hospitals with an ER to provide forensic exams for victims of sexual assault.
Lawmakers Friday introduced a bill in Annapolis that would place the responsibility on Maryland hospitals to provided certified forensic nurses for rape victims.
When a person is sexually assaulted, a clock starts ticking for evidence collection.
When a victim is raped, convincing them to go to the hospital can be tough. That’s just the first hard step after a horrific trauma.
This searchable database breaks down the number and dollar amount associated with rape kit reimbursements at certified Maryland hospitals.
Stats on hospital rape kit reimbursement claims 2011-2013.
An investigation has revealed serious safety concerns about one of the most popular children's toys on the market that is still being sold in stores despite consumer calls for a recall.