I know I haven’t been as active on the blog these past few months, but that doesn’t mean I’m not working on it! 🙂 I’ve got several drafted pieces, research tucked aside, and I just need to tweak ’em and post more!
Earlier this month Healthline.com‘s staff asked if I would be interested in writing a few pieces for their site. I’ve enjoyed the information they’ve had to offer in the past, and have been honored with a few of their blog awards, so I jumped at the chance to help!
They requested two things:
An Open Letter to their readers about my experience with Endometriosis, and any thoughts I wanted to share; and
Tips & Tricks on handling painful sex that can sometimes accompany Endometriosis.
I jumped at the chance and began writing.
After I submitted the two pieces, I was then advised that Healthline.com would like to compensate me for my work. Whua?!? You’re going to PAY me to write about Endometriosis and spreading awareness and helping support others? …Now if you know me, you know I have this little unwritten moral code: if I make any funds dealing with Endometriosis awareness, fundraising, or the blog, I’m donating it straight to the Endometriosis Foundation of America. I asked if they could just donate the money directly to the EFA for me; however, due to accounting reasons and stuff, they couldn’t. So as soon as these funds hit my bank account *poof* they’ll be going straight to the EFA.
I will not, nor will I ever, profit from this damn disease.
BUT, I’m SO honored and excited and jazzed and thrilled and … excited! 😀 I wanted to share these two pieces with you. If either of them resonates with you, please feel free to share with anyone and everyone.
For the month of October, Healthline is hosting an awareness campaign of ALL invisible illnesses and they’d like OUR help!
Do YOU have an invisible illness? Why not participate? There are two weeks left in October. 🙂 Let’s inundate the internet!
Why: To educate and raise awareness that not all illnesses are inherently visible and to raise financial support for the U.S. Pain Foundation in support of all invisible illnesses.
When: This campaign was launched on October 1 and will continue through October 31, 2017.
What: Share an image on Social Media that makes your condition visible with the hashtag #MakeItVisible. For every #MakeItVisible submission Healthline is donating $1 to the U.S. Pain Foundation until we reach our $5,000 goal.
Who: You! With your support, Healthline will be able to bring more communities in to unite and honor all invisible illness communities in order to break the stigma that one has to “look sick” to be living with a condition.
Healthline surprised me with naming Bloomin’ Uterus one of 2017’s Best Endometriosis Blogs! AUGH! I’m so excited, and honored, and proud, and grateful, and overwhelmed!
Side-by-side with the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s blog, Dr. Seckin’s blog, Endometriosis Australia’s blog, Endometriosis.org, and so many other bloggers that I admire and respect! It’s a huge honor for us all. And I hope that each of these blogs will help point women in the right direction for their treatment (whatever their course may be), finding answers, and bonding with other EndoSisters. We are a great community.
I know not everyone likes or agrees with everything I write. And that’s okay. We are each allowed to form our own opinions, ideas, thoughts, and paths. But I hope that I am at least able to encourage thoughts, conversations, and support.