I posted for the first time yesterday and this morning when I turned on my computer, I saw that I had 15 emails. My initial reaction was alarm - what happened? Then I saw that most of the emails were from people on this message board. I'm so happy to have found this. 17 years ago when I first got a computer, I found a message board similar to this of women who were facing,undergoing and recovering from hysterectomies. The warmth and helpful suggestions and anonymous friendships that I developed through that board were life-changing for me. This PBC board has the same feeling - people just going through it, sharing what they've learned and experienced and encouraging fellow sufferers. I feel very fortunate to have stumbled on you all. Thanks for all of your thoughtful answers.