I grew up with two older brothers and no sisters. But now I am embraced by EndoSisters: women who share this same condition, and the struggles that come with it. A sense of community, of family. My sisters. But what is a sisterhood? What does it mean to be sisters?
Sister is defined as “1. a female who has one or both parents in common with another; and 2. a girl or woman regarded as a comrade.”
Sisterhood is defined as “the solidarity of women based on shared conditions, experiences, or concerns.”
Solidarity. I like that word. It means “a feeling of unity between people who have the same interests, goals, etc.”
Anyway, I ramble.
Since learning I carry this ugly, debilitating disease around inside my body, learned that there is no cure, it has since been my goal to learn more about it for myself. In that process, I have learned that I am not alone; that there are millions of other women like me. And many of us share the same goal of obtaining knowledge, experiences that better our disease, that ease our symptoms.
We have come together through this disease; not only as a “sisterhood,” but many have become close friends. Through tears, laughter, hugs, and emails: we have bonded. Tightly.
We are not only a sisterhood; we ARE sisters.
And I am grateful for you.
~ Again, I am a layman. I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. If curious, do your own research 😉 Validate my writings. Or challenge them. And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always. Yours ~ Lisa