Hysterectomy merit badge

The next time you send a Get Well Soon card, consider tucking the appropriate merit badge inside:

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Mary Yaeger is the designer of this series of merit badges marking women's rites of passage, including hysterectomy and "menopausal symptoms such as depression, migraines and irritable bowel syndrome." She provides some fascinating text on her site:

In 2006, I was asked to create a hysterectomy merit badge. At the time I couldn't believe I had never thought of this one, but it was in fact missing from my series of merit badges . . . I haven’t stitched a TMJ or hypothyroidism patch yet, or a host of other related conditions, but there are so many possibilities.

This is exactly the kind of woman I'd like to have over for drinks.