I want to take a moment to introduce you to a good friend of mine, Brandy.
Brandy Sebastian is an incredible photographer, the mother of two furbabies, a devoted wife, the daughter of an incredible Mum, AND she’s a fellow EndoWarrior.
But not just any EndoWarrior; one with a mission to raise awareness of this disease on a multi-media platform!
Without giving away too many details on her Secret Squirrel project, I can tell you that she interviewed me for several hours last year. Then she followed me around during my July 2019 surgery from check-in to being wheeled away in my gurney, and again during my recovery at home. And she arranged an incredible photoshoot with me to raise awareness about the disease.
And if that’s not enough, she’s done it for SEVERAL of our local SoCal EndoWarriors. All in the name of Good Little Fly, all out of the goodness of her heart…and forking all of the expenses out of her own pocket.
And she still has several more interviews and photoshoots lined up. She needs our help!
In order to fund this ever-growing project, Brandy has created and is selling EndoWarrior and EndoSupport yellow ribbon decals. If you’d like one, they cost $5.00 each and Brandy is accepting Venmo payments to @Brandy-Sebastian. And you can follow Good Little Fly on Instagram or Facebook, too! And please feel free to contact her for other payment options if you don’t have Venmo.
Support a great cause! And announce to those driving around you just what you are. You’re strong. Endo strong.
And please feel free to follow Brandy and Good Little Fly on social media…and share the heck out of this. Even if you can’t afford a decal. ❤
Donatella and Tanya, who both have Endometriosis, agreed to share with us why they do what they do…
Tell us why you choose to raise money for Endometriosis awareness and research.
Tanya: It is all I can do so I give it my all.
Donatella: Tanya chooses to organize this fundraiser for her birthday every year with the help and support of The San Diego Sisters. It is important for Tanya as she manages living with endo. Five of the members of our Sister House in SD have endo, so it us important for us to support awareness and research and provide outreach to those in the community looking for understanding and a little joy. The venue we use, Shooters Cocktails, allowed our use for this fundraiser as one of the owner’s relatives has endo.
Can you tell us more about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?
Donatella: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence started Easter weekend, 1979, in San Francisco. The Mission is to promulgate joy and expiate stigmatic guilt. The Sisters were the first group to recognize, inform about, and fundraise for HIV/AIDS. The Order has spread and Houses and Missions may be found worldwide.
Tanya: My favorite activists in SD. Bawdy, Funny, Informed, Helpful and without Shame!
This year a little something special occurred. The San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence granted Tanya a Sainthood! What’s that?
Donatella: Personally, I have wanted Tanya to be sainted for some time for her support and promotion of The Sisters. Being able to include her efforts in endo awareness and fundraising was a Joy. I think it is an important inclusion as it means representation for those in our community managing endometriosis. A Saint of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a member of the community who supports the work of the Sisters. In Tanya’s case, her endo outreach has enabled The Sisters in our outreach and fundraising efforts for endo. A Saint is a member of The Sisters who does not have voting privileges. They are community members who support the work, but do not have a calling to be a Sister or Guard.
Tanya: I am honored to help our Sisters help those in need in our community.
I know that Tanya serves special Endo-themed drinks every year at the FUNdraiser. What’s up with that?
Tanya: Warning! Bawdy and we make no apologies for that!
Donatella: LOL, Tanya and I wanted to create drinks that brought some joy, that the women could have a chuckle at. Also, the names make an impression on the men so in a humorous way we can get some points across about pain and discomfort. It is fun to hear the men get into it and yell, “I’ll have another Heavy Flow!”
Note from Bloomin’ Uterus: a portion of the proceeds from each of these drinks were donated to the Endometriosis Foundation of America. The drinks included: Heavy Flow (a bloody mary), Moist Vagina (a delicious shot), and Yeast Induction (a beer & a shot).
Anything else you’d like to share?
Tanya: Derek French is an acupuncturist here in Mission Valley (San Diego, CA area) who has been treating my early stages of Endo with herbs and weekly acupuncture for over a year and my painful periods are now a whisper of what they were. Derek has treated Endo patients in more advanced stages with great results his number is (619) 993-9297.
Donatella: I have found the End Endo event to be a wonderful way to let those suffering have an afternoon of fun and camaraderie with others who understand. It has worked to bring out women who have just been diagnosed, but do not know where to turn for information.
I cannot thank Tanya, Donatella, or the Sisters enough for doing this year after year. And Shooters for housing the fundraiser! AND a huge shout-out to the Ass Pocket Whiskey Fellas who were absolutely incredible (and will be joining us for our March walk)! Annnd than you Richard for the photographs and video!
If you missed the FUNdraiser this year, don’t fret: they’ll do it again NEXT YEAR!!! Thank you, Sisters! ❤ It’s always a blast and it’s for such a phenomenal cause.
All of these photos were taken by Richard T. Reyes (Saint Angel con Cuernos) and used with his express permission:
We’ve released our Special Edition t-shirts and beach towels, sporting the design by Century House Art. You may remember our 2017 Coloring Contest and this was one of our entries.
Check out our Teespring store! 100% of the profits are sent to the Endometriosis Foundation of America.
There is no true deadline to order your t-shirt, tank top, or towel. Once the campaign ends, it will automatically renew. So, please don’t feel pressured to buy one now if you cannot afford it. They’ll be here waiting for you when you can.
The Beach Towel
A 30″x62″ cotton beach towel specifically in a bright Endo yellow. Wrap up in this plushy towel and proudly flaunt your Endo Awareness. The towel features the colorful design by Century House Art, the Bloomin’ Uterus logo, and our blog’s webpage. Each towel costs $30.99, and $10 of each sale will be donated directly to the Endometriosis Foundation of America via Teespring’s payout program.
My towel arrived! It’s massive! And oh-so-soft!
The Special Edition T-Shirt
Each t-shirt shows Century House Art’s design on the front and our typical Bloomin’ Uterus logo and information on the back. You have your choice of style:
Gildan Women’s Relaxed Tee for $21.99 ($6.90 is donated to the EFA)
BELLA+CANVAS Unisex Tank for $21.00 ($4.91 is donated to the EFA)
BELLA+CANVAS Women’s Fitted Tank for $21.00 ($4.91 is donated to the EFA)
Women’s Premium Tee for $21.00 ($5.06 is donated to the EFA)
Hanes Tagless Tee (unisex) for $17.99 ($5.57 is donated to the EFA)
Please find the style and size options that work best for you. As, as always, if you’re unhappy with the print work (sometimes they’re wonky) or quality of the item when you receive it, please contact Teespring’s customer service. They will work with you to either reprint the product or issue you a refund.
And, as always, our usual line of Bloomin’ Uterus t-shirts, stickers, and mugs is always available for you to purchase as well. (And all profits are donated to the Endometriosis Foundation of America…always). Shop all of our products at ourTeespringstore
To anyone who has ordered a Bloomin’ Uterus t-shirt through our Teespring campaign and isn’t happy with the placement and/or quality of the print, please reach out to Teespring’s customer service.
I have attempted to have Teespring correct their screenprinting placement since the logo on the printed shirt is not where it is supposed to be compared to the design I submitted.
Here’s is their response,
“Thank you for keeping us in contact – I’m sorry to hear that there were issues with the orders from your campaign. Please allow me to assist you.
Regarding the order issues with your campaign, for any misprints, we ask that the person who placed the order contacts us with a photo of the order they received stating the issue of the item in the email. This way we can send the photo to our ProductionTeam for their reference, and proceed with the most suitable solution for the customer.
We ask them to directly contact us, as we can only discuss order information with the customer, and make sure that they are taken care of!
Again, I truly apologize for the inconvenience. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.”
If you would like to contact Teespring about replacing your t-shirt with an attempted reprint, you can submit an inquiry on their page.
It is helpful to attach a screenshot of the t-shirt design off of the webpage, a photograph of the t-shirt you received, and any written instructions to fix the problem (i.e., “lower the logo by about six inches.”) Granted, this doesn’t always work…but if you are unsatisfied with the t-shirt after a few attempts, they may offer to refund your money.
If you haven’t purchased a Bloomin’ Uterus t-shirt, tank top, or sweatshirt and would like to, visit our Teespring store
This year we’re releasing black Bloomin’ Uterus t-shirts. I received a lot of feedback that people wanted a darker color (to avoid stains and such), so here we go!
Once again, I’m working with teespring.com and they will donate 100% of the profits to the Endometriosis Foundation of America (which comes to about $5 from each sale). Instead of having a deadline, these shirts will always be available for purchase and will be printed and shipped directly to you.
There are several styles available to you this year:
Hanes Tagless Tee – $18.00
Women’s Premium Tee – $21.00
Women’s Tank Top – $22.00
Women’s V-Neck Tee – $21.00
Unisex Hoodie – $28.00
Long Sleeve Tee – $22.00
If you would like to place an order, please do so by clicking here, choosing your style(s), and size(s). Your purchase not only helps spread the word (I guarantee you will be stopped as asked what Endometriosis is) but helps fund the EFA’s efforts. And you get to wear a very stylish Bloomin’ Uterus *insert grin here*.
I cannot thank you enough for all of your support over the past few years. You’ve made this Journey so incredible.
Woohoo! I got a hankerin’ to do more fundraising! And as usual, all of the profits are donated to the Endometriosis Foundation of America! None of this goes in my pocket. Why should it?
Now’s your chance (well, until July 10, 2017) to purchase your very own Bloomin’ Uterus mug ($10 for an 11 ounce mug) or Bloomin’ Uterus sticker ($6 which is roughly 3″ x 5″…or they have a larger size available, too). After July 10th, Teespring will end this campaign and send everything off to the printer!
My goal was to raise $1,100 for the Endometriosis Foundation of America for our 2017 Walk – bringing the grand total of funds raised to $5,000. Well, thanks to the incredible donations of friends, family, loved ones, EndoSisters, businesses, and strangers, that goal has been surpassed today! A breakdown of the finances will be provided in April and all monies have been passed to the EFA. 🙂 These included donations to the Gofundme account, t-shirt sales via Teespring, and the fundraisers put on by Element Wellness Center and also the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. I haven’t even factored in the money I’ve raised this past year using Goodshop!!
Thank you EVERYONE!
You do know I’m never going to stop doing this; right?