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?
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!
So a lot of people with Endometriosis suffer from chronic pain…hell, a lot of people without Endometriosis suffer from chronic pain. There are theories and studies out there that suggest chronic pain affects memory, cognitive function, and mental health. Not only does Endometriosis present painful symptoms, but it’s also incurable. And there are many people who do not get any symptom-relief from any of the treatments available. You can see where this may cause some “mental health” issues. Here’s some interesting tidbits on how pain affects brain activity and function.
What is gray matter all about? It maintains memory, sight, hearing, emotions, speech, impulse control, and executive functions (reasoning, problem solving, cognitive functions, etc.). Gray matter volume naturally decreases with age. So…it happens naturally. Chronic pain may just spur it along a bit more. Studies have indicated that children who suffer from chronic pain have a greater loss of gray matter volume when they are adults.
Last Friday, March 18, 2016, was the San Diego Women’s Week Inspiration Conference held at Harrah’s Casino in Valley Center, California. I coughed up the $170 to go because I really wanted to see one of the scheduled speakers, Padma Lakshmi. Don’t know who Padma is? Not only is she a model and TV personality, but she’s the co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. And a little bit of my Hero.
She has recently written a new book Love, Loss & What We Ate: A Memoir, and was on her book tour around the west coast at the time of the conference. So, I knew I’d pick up a copy of her book on Friday. I expected she was going to talk a lot about her book, and maybe touch up a little bit about Endometriosis and how it has affected her life and career.
As you may know, Endometriosis is not limited to just your reproductive bits & pieces. It can implant, grow, and fester in many places; the bowel included. But what does that mean? How do you know if it’s on your bowel? Today’s blog will go into that…Read on, dear Reader…read on. Word of warning : I will be using words like fart and poop! Why dance around the subject with flowery words when I feel like I’m a giggly 12-year-old girl?
It is estimated that between 5-15% (and some even doctors guess it’s actually between 3-34%) of women with Endometriosis suffer from Endo on their bowels. Bowel Endometriosis may affect the colon, the rectum, the large intestine, the small intestine, the colon, or the sigmoid colon. The implants may be physically located on the bowels, or even just located adjacent to them in areas like the Pouch of Douglas, uterosacral ligaments, or rectovaginal septum. The close proximity of the inflamed and irritated lesions may be enough to induce bowel Endometriosis symptoms. And these symptoms may also be caused by adhesions pulling or twisting the bowels.
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).