Feel Good Fridays

woman in a long yellow gown standing against a rock arch near Lone Pine, CA
Featuring: Lisa Howard “Measured by Numbers: Foundation” Photo by Brandy Sebastian

Today is a special day. A few years ago, a wonderful Warrior, friend, and photographer started a project to raise awareness of Endometriosis and follow the journeys of several fellow Warriors.

Brandy Sebastian has a gallery showing of several of these images opening tomorrow in Escondido at The Photographer’s Eye: A Creative Collective.

Each image features a different model and each image discusses different aspects of dealing with Endometriosis.

This is my image. My word, granted to me by Brandy, is “Foundation.”

Measured by Numbers” an Endometriosis Awareness Project by Brandy Sebastian Featuring: Lisa Howard: “Foundation”

”We are all strong enough to stand up and reach for the hand of a Warrior in need.Each of us possesses the power to build greatness. We each started alone, fought the emotions, and found our strength.And we all found each other, brought together in a group, united by our circumstance.

Forged and bonded by our bodies and hearts. We accompany one another to difficult doctor’s appointments. Encourage each other through surgeries and treatments. Reach out and embrace others who are struggling. Cry together. Laugh together. Grieve together. And push on together.

What started as a quest for answers has morphed into a group, a walk, a presence – an incredible show of force. Countless Warriors, together, always.

Never alone.

Ever again.

Written by: Lisa Howard

Dress Rental Designed by & Discounted by: Alice Andrews Designs

Portion of Dress Rental cost paid for by: Lisa Howard

Photoshoot assistants: Erin Curlee & Lora Aimswill

I am honored. Humbled. And uplifted. You always make me feel stronger than I think I am.

If you wish to see the gallery in person, please visit either the opening show Saturday, July 10th, or the gallery while the exhibit is available until August 7, 2021.

If you wish to see other images from Brandy’s project, you may check out her Instagram and Facebook pages. This project is ongoing and far from finished.

Thank you, Brandy, for all that you do while you continue to endure your own Endometriosis journey. We love you.

If you feel alone with this illness, know that you are not. And if you ever need to talk, I’m right here.

Got Decals?

EndoWarrior and EndoSupport yellow ribbon car decals
Good Little Fly’s Endo Warrior and Endo Support yellow ribbon decals

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.

Behind the Scenes: Brandy Sebastian shooting "Endo Fog" of an anonymous EndoWarrior on location in Death Valley.  Photo taken by photographer's mum and incredible assistant, Penny Kachuck
Behind the Scenes: Brandy Sebastian shooting “Endo Fog” of an anonymous participant on location in Death Valley. Photo taken by photographer’s mum and incredible assistant, Penny Kachuck

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.

Brandy and Sam manufacturing the yellow ribbon EndoWarrior and EndoSupoprt decals
Brandy Sebastian and Sam Jorgenson hard at work manufacturing the decals

Support a great cause! And announce to those driving around you just what you are. You’re strong. Endo strong.

Yellow ribbon EndoWarrior decal in front of an unsealed mailing envelope
The first sale ready to go to its new home!

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. ❤