As always, it’s fun for me to look back and see the numbers of previous year, see what the most popular topic was, and which countries have been viewing the blog the most, and what searches led people to Bloomin’ Uterus. If you’re interested, here’s a recap!
In 2016, we had 100,944 views! Compare that to 2015 (29,334 views) and 2014 (1,1012 views). That’s absolutely mind-boggling to me!
Keep it up! The more awareness we spread, the more community we create, the more we learn, and the more we fight for self-advocacy: the better! We are a strong community of Warriors and Sisters. Thank you!!
I’m hoping to continue to reach all throughout the world and continue to help search for resources, support groups, and surgeons in all areas. This truly is a global problem. Feel left out ’cause I didn’t mention your country? Oh trust me, there’s plenty of them! Find yourself on this map:
And the Top 5 searches which led people to the site:
1. “the skin” had 23 searches
2. “what is endo” had 15 searches
3. “symptoms of endometriosis in brain” had 13 searches
4. “endometriosis in the lungs” and “endometriosis in brain” tied with 12 searches
5. “wurn technique” and “endometriosis in lungs” tied with 11 searches
Thank you for your visits, your comments, your stories, your emails, your words of wisdom, and your support. We are definitely not alone in all of this. And if there’s ever a topic or question you’d like to address, please reach out to me. You can email me here.
Well, March 26th has come and gone! On that day, we had our 2nd Annual Bloomin’ Uterus Endometriosis Awareness & Support Walk in San Diego.
If you’d like to read about our first walk in 2015, click here.
Reading this and wondering exactly what Endometriosis is? Read all about it by clicking here.
Working hard at check-in, photo by Richard Reyes
Puttin’ the Man to work (thanks, Jim!), photo by Richard Reyes
Finally got to meet Alexis & Erika! photo by Alexis Sellers (well, my Mum snapped the shot)
the Taft crew! photo by Richard Reyes
Kira and Toni of Comprehensive Therapy Services came to support our EndoSister, Toni, photo by Richard Reyes
Part of the Bakersfield crew (and my Mum in the background), photo by Richard Reyes
This year we had nearly 50 walkers (47 to be precise)! And of that, 17 of us suffer from Endometriosis. The numbers were amazing (more than half of those who registered were able to attend)! And we made quite the yellow wave walking around Lake Miramar!! Not only did I have the pleasure of meeting so many new EndoSisters and their loved ones…and watching them meet each other, but we had the honor of telling people about Endometriosis! Some of our attendees even traveled from Riverside (100 miles), Redlands (110 miles), Lake Elsinore (75 miles), Escondido (30 miles), Bakersfield (231 miles), and Taft (238 miles)! And my Mum made the drive from Tombstone, AZ (478 miles), to walk with us. Thank you guys! I know it was quite a hump for just a walk…but it meant so much to me. And I know it meant so much to you.
The walk begins! photo by Richard Reyes
photo by Richard Reyes
I love these two women beyond measure. Photo by Richard Reyes
Thank you, SDSPI! photo by Richard Reyes
*woot woot* photo by Richard Reyes
We took over the walking path! photo by Richard Reyes
Here comes that Taft crew! photo by Richard Reyes
And our Bakersfield crew! photo by Richard Reyes
Our yellow could be seen from across the lake!!! photo by Timbrely Pearsley
On multiple occasions as we walked around the lake, I was stopped and asked, “What’s with all the yellow?” or “What are you guys walking for?” And we’d have the opportunity to talk about Endometriosis, what it is, and what we were out doing. After our walk, several of our walkers said it happened to them, too! *yay* Support andawareness!!!
A five mile walk…a few hours together…footin’ it around a gorgeous lake. I cannot express what a beautiful day it was…not only were we blessed with beautiful sunny skies, but I mean emotionally beautiful. I may be sore now, but every step, every blister, every aching muscle was worth it. And it was perfect. And I am so proud of everyone who walked, as I know that you’re proud you made the trek, too.
Success! The finish line! photo by Richard Reyes
Sister Donatella Soul, myself, and JeriLynn reuniting at the finish line. photo by Richard Reyes
Alexis & Erika made it! photo by Richard Reyes
Toni, Kira, and Toni (and their furbaby) crossing the finish. photo by Richard Reyes
A beautiful collage by Mirna Montalvo!
Knowing you’re not alone, and showing other EndoSisters that they’re not alone…that’s what the day was all about. And thanking our families, friends, and loved ones for their support; so important! We could not continue our days without you.
Others have expressed the same sentiment : for many, it was their first Endo event. And many were touched by our numbers, by hugging women and talking to them about their experiences. Talking with someone who knows precisely what they’re going through. Truly understanding that they are not alone.
A group of our walkers coming around one of the bends, photo by Lisa Drayton
EndoSisters Jenn & Donatella taking a break, photo by Lisa Drayton
As of today (March 29, 2015), we raised $2,037.35 for the Endometriosis Foundation of America! That’s over $1,000 over our goal! Thank you everyone who donated! For transparency’s sake : $1,966.00 (gofundme.com donations, button sales, skully sales), $28.00 (goodsearch.com/goodshop.com), and $43.35 from Bloomin’ Uterus t-shirt sales (teespring.com), totaling $2,037.35 sent directly to the Endometriosis Foundation of America! And that’s not counting the $111 raised by the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence! Thank you, Sisters (they also had several members walk with us). Such joy! I also have a lot of miles to still walk…haaaha. I pledged to walk one mile for every $10 donated. I’ve got another 156 miles to walk and I will!
2017 plans are already underway! If you’re interested in joining us, save the date : March 25, 2017. I do believe if we’re as big, or bigger, for 2017 we’ve outgrown the parking lot at Lake Miramar and I’m already talking to other parks and venues. Stay tuned for more info! I’ve also update our Gofundme campaign goal to $5,000. Let’s see if we can raise at least $1,280 for 2017!
If you’re in the San Diego area, we meet once a month or so for our support group. You can find more info by clicking here.
And if you’re interested in starting support groups or even a walk in YOURarea, know that YOU CAN! Want to know how? Get in touch with me 😉 I’d be happy to point you in a direction. Together, we can do great things!
All photographs used with permission. If you’d like to see all of the pictures by Richard Reyes, click here.
First of all, Happy New Year!!! It’s 2016. A new day. A new month. A new YEAR! I know not all of you had a happy or easy 2015, and this post is for you:
“Happy New Year’ is a festive form of address often uttered without thinking. Yet how many souls will in fact be happy in the coming year is a taxing question requiring a great deal more thought.”
“New Year – a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story ? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.”
Both of these quotes are by Alex Morritt, author of Impromptu Scribe.
For any struggles or battles you may have fought and lost in 2015, hang on. If you need help, reach out and ask for it. If you need someone to lean on, find someone. Feel free to let your true self show this year; don’t hide behind a fake smile.