On September 15, 2016, Dr. Ryan Hummel of the Element Wellness Center hosted a fundraiser for our Bloomin’ Uterus Endometriosis Awareness Walk. Dr. Hummel focused on women’s health and wellness, specifically Endometriosis, pelvic pain, and chiropractic care. Guest speaker, Katie Monaco, discussed nutrition and its role in health and wellness. There was a potluck-style dinner, wine tasting, and free chair massages for participants, too.
So, one night I was bored, and what do I do when I’m bored? I go shopping!
I was perusing the vendor’s site where I order the Bloomin’ Uterus buttons and decided to purchase some yellow bracelets to share with my friends, EndoSisters, and strangers! Spreading awareness and solidarity in one fell swoop!
The outside has wrapped text that reads, “Endometriosis Awareness” and “We Stand Together.” The text is slightly raised. The inside has our blog’s webpage tucked away, almost invisible to the eye. And, of course, they’re YELLOW!
Thanks to everyone who purchased a Bloomin’ Uterus t-shirt! As you know, all profits were donated to The Endometriosis Foundation of America. This year’s t-shirt campaign raised $43.35 for the EFA. Wear your shirts with pride!
It doesn’t sound like a lot of money, I know, but every little bit helps this great organization.
I don’t know who purchased a shirt (Teespring doesn’t tell me), but I want to thank each and every one of you. Missed your opportunity to get a shirt? They’ll go back on sale in February 2017…or if there’s enough outcry, we can open up another campaign (but we must sell a minimum of 5 shirts to print).
On Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 1pm – 6pm, The San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be hosting a fundraiser at Shooters Cocktails in Spring Valley! Tanya Linda will be preparing special Endometriosis-themed cocktails for sale. All profits will be donated to our Walk’s fundraiser, which are then given to the Endometriosis Foundation of America! And…admission is free! No cover charge!!!
It’s a fantastic testament to a community coming together over our cause. Several Sisters either have Endometriosis, or know of someone who does, and are willing to put this event together for us!
As most of you know, we have our little Endometriosis Awareness Walk coming up on March 26, 2016. And that we host a monthly support group here in San Diego.
One of our EndoSisters who comes to the group created these little yellow skully charms as part of her fundraising efforts. Each charm is distinctly different in it’s own way (some have yellow beads, some have purple, some don’t have beads, but have a floral cap). If YOU would like one, they’re $10 each. No S&H charges (that’s not how we roll).
You can donate online. If purchasing one of these lovelies, please make sure to mention the skull charm in the comments of your donation. But act fast…there’s only a few of these.
I have mine dangling from a chain on my rearview mirror, right next to my tiny yellow ribbon charm. An EndoSister removed the charm clasp and created a necklace. They can be clipped to cell phones, made into a pin, the possibilities are endless.
I know not everyone likes little skulls, but I know a lot of people do, too. I’m grateful for Linda Lee’s talents and desire to help raise funds. And I thought I’d share these with you.
The Bloomin’ Uterus Endometriosis Awareness & Support Walk is only six months away! Six months!
With that exciting realization, I followed up with the Endometriosis Foundation of America this morning to check on the progress of their 2014 financial audit. As you are likely aware, any funds I raise for the walk are donated directly to the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Gofundme, in partnership with Wepay, take their small percentage of each donation for a service fee, but the rest of the funds go to the EFA. I don’t see one cent. The same is true for any Bloomin’ Uterus t-shirt sales (these will go live again in late January 2016) – 100% of the profits are directly donated to the EFA. I, again, do not see one penny. I wanted to make sure that your (and my) donations actually went toward research, education, and awareness. Not my pocket. Not venue fees. Just exactly where it should be going: education and research.
For any of you who are new to the page, and THANK YOU for following my musings, I wanted to explain a bit about this whole Bloomin’ Uterus thing. 🙂
I was diagnosed with Endometriosis after surgery this past June. My nurse once described Endometriosis like crab grass…it just lives there and grows and grows and grows, despite how much you cut it out. So I felt disgusting and gross on the inside…until I created the Bloomin’ Uterus! It’s a graphic that helps me feel better about what’s growin’ and goin’ on with my body. It was designed before I learned that the uterus likely doesn’t have anything to do with Endometriosis…But, it’s done. And I love it still.