Vote for The Coloring Contest GRAND PRIZE Winner!

That’s right!  You get to choose, my lovely readers!

Over the past several months, we have held a Bloomin’ Uterus Endometriosis Awareness Coloring Contest.  Each month that we received submission, a winner was chosen.  The contest ended March 31, 2017, and now YOU get to choose the Grand Prize Winner!

What the heck does that mean?  That means you vote and I’ll work with Teespring.com to make sure the winning image is screenprinted on a t-shirt, and 100% of the sale profits of those shirts will be donated to the Endometriosis Foundation of America!

So, you ready?  Fill out the voting field below the last picture and submit!  If you dont see the submission form, please email me here.  Voting closes on May 31, 2017.  Please only vote once.  And please don’t vote for a submission simply because someone asks you to – vote for the one you think best deserves to win. ❤

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Good luck to our three contestants!!!

October’s Winner!

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Congratulations, Debbie of New Jersey, for winning our October Coloring Contest!  You’re automatically entered to win our Grand Prize: having your design printed on a t-shirt next year!  All profits of the t-shirt sales will go to the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

If you’d like to enter our contest, a winner will be picked every month until April 1, 2017.  For more information about prizes and where to download the template(s) and enter, click here:  https://bloominuterus.com/2016/09/15/endo-coloring-contest/.  The more times you enter, the greater your chance of winning!  And the best part?  Spreading Endo awareness and having fun at the same time!  Who doesn’t like coloring?!?

Debbie shares her journey, heartfelt emotion, and encouragement with us today:

“I was diagnosed with endometriosis and adenomyosis on the operating table.  I had the classic symptoms: exceptionally heavy periods, dramatic clotting, excruciating pain…you name it, I probably had it.  But, I’d been told for years that it was just a quirk of my anatomy, so I silently dealt with it.  It was not until I was diagnosed with other issues that I finally learned the seriousness of it.

The endometriosis was, for me, just one piece of a very complex puzzle that included a subtotal hysterectomy instead of the planned total hysterectomy, due to the fact that the endometriosis had adhered my cervix to my bowel.  At the same time as the hysterectomy, I had another surgery and procedures in my abdomen, so they had to do it via an open, vertical incision.

Like others, I would imagine, I looked at the coloring pages and saw myself in them. I identified with the experience of coming out of the bathtub, a moment that has been rendered sensually in art for years, but a moment that, for me, has been simultaneously sensual and scandalously off-putting.  I used the background color and the towel to allude to my experience, and I modified the profile to more closely resemble my own.  I added my abdominal scar, which is now a part of my profile.

I hope that in 10 years we will no longer see women having experiences like my own.  Needless to say, proper treatment for endometriosis is a vital part of that.  Personally, I hope that my story makes a difference in the lives of others.  It has been difficult to write what so few have known, so that is my first step.  As a group, I think that just being there for each other, providing support, can make a huge difference.”

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Thank you, Debbie, for creating such a beautiful piece of art – a piece of you – with us today. ❤

September’s Winner!

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Congratulations, Neffie McKee of Ohio, for winning our September Coloring Contest!  You’re automatically entered to win our Grand Prize: having your design printed on a t-shirt next year!  All profits of the t-shirt sales will go to the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

If you’d like to enter our contest, a winner will be picked every month until April 1, 2017.  For more information about prizes and where to download the template(s) and enter, click here:  https://bloominuterus.com/2016/09/15/endo-coloring-contest/.  The more times you enter, the greater your chance of winning!  And the best part?  Spreading Endo awareness and having fun at the same time!  Who doesn’t like coloring?!?

Now, a bit about Neffie:

My name is Neffie and I have a history of stage 4 endometriosis. I like to say that I have a “history” of endometriosis because I consider my endometriosis to be in remission after seeking an excision specialist almost three years ago. I try to remain active in the community because I believe that mainstream endometriosis treatment has a long way to go and I want to do my part to educate others who are still suffering. It’s important to me that women know their options and to know that people are advocating for them. I have not forgotten how horrible and hopeless it can feel and I hope that someday that will change for everyone with endo.

Thank you, Neffie, for submitting such a beautiful piece and such incredible words of encouragement.  ❤

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Endometriosis Coloring Contest!

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THEY’RE HERE!  My wonderfully talented friend, Brandie Britt, designed three beautiful drawings for our Endo coloring contest!  (If you love the designs and want to help out a wonderful single mom, click here.  She and her son are near and dear to my heart…love you BB&kiddo).  The contest is open to EndoSisters worldwide!

Why are we having a coloring contest?  It’s simple!  I wanted a fun way for you and I to share a few things:

  • Where our Endometriosis is located in our bodies, or
  • How Endometriosis makes us feel, or
  • How we’d like to feel, or
  • Just have a bit of relaxing fun and a nice way to express ourselves and color, or
  • We can even bring the piece to our doctor appointments to express where our pain resides.
  • Be creative!!!  And share something together.

Don’t have Endo, but know someone who does?  Put your own interpretational spin on it for that person.  Express how you see Endo affecting them…or how you wish they saw themselves.  Be that support pillar I know you are!

You can choose to color one or two or even all three of the designs!  There’s no limit.  You can use paint, color pencils, pens, pastels, crayons, markers, Photoshop, some other computer program if you wish, or anything else!!  These designs are your standard 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper.

And you can WIN one of our Endo Awareness Bracelets!  I’ll randomly choose a few winners every month until we run out of bracelets (there’s approximately 100 to give away).  Winners will also be featured on our blog, their stories and artistic masterpieces shared around the internet.  Didn’t win?  Submit another!  Another 100 bracelets will be earned at our 2017 Endometriosis Awareness & Support Walk by walkers answering questions about Endo.

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Okay, so how do you get the design(s) and where do you submit your completed masterpieces?

  1. Download any one of the three designs by clicking here.  You will be directed to a Google Drive folder with the three .pdf files to download (if you have any issues with the link and/or downloads, please email me here and I’d be happy to send them to you).
  2. Print them out if you’re using old-fashioned non-digital means.  Black & white printouts are juuuust fine.  Remember, digitally manipulated masterpieces are acceptable, too.
  3. Go nuts!  Have fun!  Stay within the lines or go craaaAAzzzZZyyy!
  4. Send me your submissions.  You can do so by email or snail mail.  If you’d prefer to mail me your submission(s), drop me an email and I can send you my mailing address.  Be sure to include your name, location, and email address (or phone number).  That way I can contact you if you’re a winner!  By submitting your artwork, you’re granting me permission to post it on our blogs, social media, emails, and future fun things, etc.
  5. Feel free to post your submission on social media!  Just add a #bloominuterus to your post or just tag our Facebook page directly.   🙂 Let’s see how wild this can get!  (you’ll still need to separately email me your submissions, please).

I’ll be posting all of the submissions here on our blog, as well as featuring articles on each winner!  Have fun with this.  Enjoy.  No stress allowed!

*bounce bounce bounce* I’m excited!  And will be picking up some color pencils to do this myself during my recovery.

Have questions? Email me.  Otherwise…1…2…3…GO!