GAIN Inc. Committee 2020
Catherine Aurubind – Chair / President
Lives in Kalamunda | GAIN Chair since Jan 2017
Catherine has suffered chronic pelvic pain after a hysterectomy in 2004 left her with severe entrapment of the Pudendal nerve. She has been active with GAIN ever since, and currently runs the Pelvic Pain Support Group, which offers support, understanding and information for people suffering chronic pelvic pain issues. Catherine is 65 years of age and dedicates her spare time to raising awareness and education on Gynaecological health.
Linda Glassford – Vice President
Linda is originally from Glasgow Scotland then moved to Perth Australia at the end of 1989 with her husband Derek.
Over some years Linda experienced a number of gynaecological issues which, ultimately, resulted in a radical hysterectomy performed by one of WA’s well known Gynaecologists Dr Yee Leung.
In 2017 Linda went along to a GAIN meeting to support a friend and found that the work GAIN did was valuable in educating and supporting others. Linda felt she had something to contribute from her past experiences so decided to join the GAIN committee.
Linda enjoys a variety of pastimes, however, occasionally you will find her helping others. She is a great peer group support person to many and is invaluable to those experiencing difficult times. However, at the end of the day she enjoys nothing more than socialising with family and friends.
Angela Rowe – Secretary
GAIN Secretary since April 2017
Angela first became aware of GAIN back in 2012 as she was working as a Support Coordinator for Ovarian Cancer Australia. In this role she met with the President of GAIN to discuss how they could work in partnership to support women with gynaecological cancer. Angela has been a follower of GAIN ever since, as she has a history of endometriosis and is interested in women’s health issues. In her spare time Angela enjoys travelling, socialising, shopping and playing netball.
Wendy is a Clinical Nurse Theatre/ ClinicalNurse Consultant at King Edward Memorial Hospital and has a passion for women’s and children’s health.
Outside of GAIN Inc. Wendy enjoys riding and keeping fit.
Lauren – committee member
Lauren joined the GAIN committee looking to join like minded women after experiencing a complete molar pregnancy in December 2014. A positive pregnancy test is usually followed by the joy of a newborn 9 months later. But there are times when a pregnancy ends in a loss. A molar pregnancy is one of those.
During a healthy pregnancy, the placenta grows inside your uterus. It nourishes your baby through the umbilical cord. With a molar pregnancy, tissue in the uterus becomes an abnormal mass or tumor instead of a placenta.
There are two types of molar pregnancies – partial and complete. A partial one is when both the placenta and embryo (fertilized egg) are abnormal. In a complete molar pregnancy (the type Lauren had) an empty egg containing no maternal information is fertilised. It attaches to the uterus wall and then fills the womb with an abnormal mass, growing in such a way that a pregnancy would, producing huge amounts of the HCG hormone and making you feel and look pregnant on the inside and out. Only in reality, and very cruelly – no baby is there at all.
Lauren became one of the very few cases in WA to develop into the worst case it could – she became resistant to the first routine options of treatments offered and required months of harsh chemotherapy drugs. She is now doing well and has two beautiful children. You can follow Lauren’s story on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rainbowsahead/
Katie Gould. Committee Member
Katie is a medical student with a strong interest in all things women’s health. She is excited to join her medical knowledge with patients experiences to advocate for enhanced women’s health and education. Katie was impressed with the work GAIN does, and couldn’t wait to be a part of their team working towards their goals. Outside of study Katie enjoys spending time with friends, family and keeping active outdoors.