Documentary: Stronger Than Endo

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My good friend Exxes Hauffen owns Compass Media Productions. One day he asked me, “What’s all this uterus business about?” – regarding all of my Facebook posts. So, I told him about Endometriosis and his next question was, “How can I help?”

Thus the beginnings of “Stronger Than Endo.”

A few local San Diegan Endo Sisters volunteered to share their stories and struggles. Exxes focused more on the emotional and quality-of-life aspects of the illness, rather than the physical symptoms that we are already so aware of.

We also interviewed my gynecologist and Endometriosis excision surgeon, Dr. Mel Kurtulus, of San Diego Women’s Health.

What you watch today is the end result of months of hard work. I am honored by the voice Exxes has granted us.

Exxes, thank you for your endless hours of dedication, for the passion that burned so brightly within you during the interviews, your hunger for knowledge, and your undying desire to bring awareness to this disease.

To Dr. Kurtulus, thank you for dedicating an afternoon of your time to this project, for your endless compassion and drive to give each EndoSister a greater chance at normalcy, and for giving me my life back. Your passion is evident every time I see you. And your “approachableness” is one of my favorite qualities you possess. You’re incredible; not just as a physician, but as a human being.

To Heidi, Merritt, and Zeiddy, I will never be able to thank you Brave Warriors enough. Not only for opening up your hearts to the world but for your ongoing support and love you have for other EndoSisters, even while you endure your own Battles.

This is truly a labor of love. Exxes filmed, edited, and produced this documentary free of charge. Dr. Kurtulus was not compensated for his time. And neither were myself or the interviewed EndoSisters. We hope that you enjoy, embrace, and share this video.

Without further ado, I give you “Stronger Than Endo”:

The full interviews with each EndoSister and Dr. Kurtulus will be made available shortly and shared separately.

And Exxes isn’t done yet. He’d like to continue interviewing EndoSisters and sharing our Journeys.


A note: The views and opinions expressed in this video are purely that: opinions. We understand that there are several theories as to the cause of Endometriosis, as well as the treatments. No one theory is correct. And we honor all opinions.

Totally Not Endo-Related

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Good morning!

WordPress allows me to upload videos to my site, so I thought I’d give it a try with a very, very important video.  Well, important to me. ❤

On April 1, 2017, my husband and I pulled off a fantastic April Fool’s Day event.  We got married…again!  🙂  James and I were formally wed on June 8, 2016, in a small ceremony at our local County Registrar’s office.  My mum, brother-in-law, and his lovely wife attended.  And we kept it a secret from *most* of our friends and family.

On April 1st, we had our ceremony at the Desert View Tower in Jacumba Hot Springs, California, with our friends and family.  The Tower is one of our favorite places to visit, not only for the beautiful views, but for the history, the pups, and the beautiful people who live there.  The desert, a Dune-themed ceremony, tacos, cupcakes, dancing, and camping.  It was perfect.

We didn’t exchange rings during our ceremony.  Instead, we offered rings to each of our guests, as a pledge of our love and loyalty to each of them.  I still get warm and fuzzy when we hang out with friends who are still wearing their rings.  ❤  We made our big “April Fool’s” announcement after our ceremony and dinner. 🙂  And I’m so glad we opted to keep it a surprise.

Celebrating our union with friends and family in our own wonderful way.  Such an incredible memory.

I am so grateful.  And we are both so loved.

Our 3-minute video:

 

Video by Compass Media Productions

Photographs by Lynn Fernandez