Independent Activity #7:
Walk in Our Shoes – Viewing Guide
Answer the following questions about the video Walk in Our Shoes.
1. Describe Christine’s experience the day her father picked her up from school.
Christine thought it was unusual when her dad picked her up early from school and told
her to go home to pack her bags for the hospital. She remembers being very frightened
about the whole experience.
2. What are Christine’s feelings about her experience now?
Christine is angry because she did not know she was being sterilized and she never had
to option to have children.
3. What is one emotional consequence of hysterectomies mentioned in the video?
One emotional and behavior consequence of a hysterectomies includes difficulty of the
patients to get along with men.
4. What makes Annette’s case different the other women profiled in this video? Why
might the decision-making process be different in her case?
Annette only has Cerebral Palsy; she does not have an intellectual disorder. The
decision making process might be different in her case because she has an opinion to
voice about the procedure.
5. What disabilities does Trisha have? How old was Trisha when her parents had a
hysterectomy performed on her?
Trisha has a heart defect, chronic scoliosis, and a severe intellectual disability. Trisha
was only 15 years old when she was sterilized.
6. What were two reasons Trisha’s parents wanted her to have a hysterectomy?
Trisha’s parents wanted to sterilize her because Trisha could not properly handle her
periods by herself, and her parents has difficulty finding medical assistance that could
help them with the problem. Also, Trisha had very painful periods and her parents
wanted her to have a better quality of life without them.
Laura Ferris 7. What disability does Laura have? What were two reasons Laura’s parents wanted
her to have a hysterectomy?
Laura was diagnosed with childhood disintegrative disorder.
Laura’s parents wanted her to have a hysterectomy because they were concerned that
she was not capable of handling menstruation by herself. Furthermore, they believed
that Laura’s quality of life would improve. They explained that since they would not be
around for the entirety of Laura’s life to provide