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. ❤
And suddenly, just like that, it’s Friday already!
Today’s quote is for my fellow Warriors. This one, right here, is for YOU:
“Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again … we are survivors. If you are here today… you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.”
― Lori Goodwin
Remember how strong you are. How far you’ve come. How much you’ve endured. But, most importantly, understand that you are flanked by your fellow Warriors, standing side by side, hand in hand. You are not alone in this fight.
Maintain strength, even in the scary moments. And, if you need it, reach out for the Warrior beside you. ❤
Blogs I Updated This Week:
Bladder & Endometriosis: added a 2019 study of a woman who complained of menstrual cramps, painful urination, and an inability to hold her pee in. Guess where they found Endo? Yep, I know it’s rare, but it happens.
Endometriosis & the Bowel: added a 2019 study of a 35-year-old woman who had complaints of abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and cyclical rectal bleeding. They thought she had a possible carcinoma inside her guts, but it turned out to be (you guessed it), Endometriosis.
Endometriosis & the Lungs: added a 2019 study of a 37-year-old woman who ended up having Endometriosis inside her lungs along the pleura lining. Her surgeons were able to successfully excise the lesions and she was sypmtom-free nearly three years later.
It’s Friday! It’s a beautiful misty Friday. I just love the rain!
Tomorrow is our 4th Endometriosis Awareness & Support Walk, and I’m so excited. Women with Endometriosis are often referred to as “EndoWarriors.” Why? Because we fight this illness like nobody’s business. And today’s quote is inspiring:
“Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again … we are survivors. If you are here today… you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.” ― Lori Goodwin
So, to all my Warriors out there, keep fighting. And when you can no longer stand, reach out – because we will be there to lift you up and carry you as far as we can. And when we fall, another will hoist us up. That is what we do.