My Battle Cry (& Giveaway!): Speaking Out For Endometriosis Awareness

Blogging For Endometriosis

 

I cannot believe that Blogging For Endometriosis Awareness 2015 campaign is over! The month blew by! I hope you have enjoyed the posts of this year’s campaign and I most definitely invite you to mark your calendars for next year’s campaign! I am really hoping to make a monthly Blogging for Endometriosis linkup so I will keep you updated with the details!

This week’s theme is: My Battle Cry: what message are you determined share with every breath that is within you to make sure the world knows the truth about endometriosis?

As I have mentioned, I love, love, love Skillet (my next tattoo will definitely be Skillet inspired). We are a total panhead family! Their song “Sick Of It” inspired this year’s theme and their song “Battle Cry” inspired this week’s theme!

You’re on the edge of giving up
You know I feel it too
You won’t be alone because
I’m with you
Bring the fire, bring the smoke, bring the rain
We will bend but we will never break

I cannot put into words how important it is to find a support community after being diagnosed with endometriosis or any chronic illness. I was lucky enough to find GirlTalk, which was a support group for ladies with endometriosis that were under 25. That group of ladies saved me in many ways. I loved that I was able to serve as the program director for several years. It is so important to know that you are not alone and have a group of people that can support you during the tough times.

It seems like no one knows
How you’ve been feeling
You’re hiding all your hopes
You stopped believing
It’s not over, we’re one step away
We will bend but we will never break

One of the other messages I want to be heard is to make your voice heard. Chronic illness is a big deal and not nearly enough is being done to correct the problem but together we can raise our voices to make a change. Together we can choose hope and make a difference.

I believe we can’t lose
Even mountains will move
It’s my faith, it’s my life
This is our battle cry
They can’t take us down
If we stand our ground
If we live, if we die
We will shout out our battle cry

Two messages that I will speak until my dying breath are 1) God’s grace and love will change your life and with it everything is possible; and 2) Endometriosis and other invisible illnesses are serious problems and more needs to be done to find long-term treatments. Education and awareness are extremely important and together we can shout our battle cry and fight for change!

Let it rise like a prayer in the night
Shout for love, shout for hope
Let them hear us

Together we can make a difference and share the love, hope, and passion in our hearts with the world!

What is your battle cry?

 

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It is time for the final giveaway! Congratulations to last week’s winners Cheryl, Shelley, and Nikki! You should have received an email from me so let me know if you did not receive it!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Seaview Jewellery and FJJ Creations! Today’s giveaway will also have 3 winners! The prizes are a beautiful endometriosis awareness keychain created by FJJ Creations and a beautiful necklace and charm both created by Seaview Jewellery! Just like last week, be sure to click over at Diane’s blog for more opportunities to win awesome prizes from Seaview Jewellery, FJJ Creations and Tabetha’s Creations!

Blogging For Endometriosis Giveaway

This week’s giveaway will run until Saturday, April 4th and 3 winners will be chosen!

To enter:

1) Leave a comment telling me about your battle cry.What message are you determined share with every breath that is within you to make sure the world knows the truth about endometriosis (or another issue important to you)? (mandatory)

2) Tweet about this post and giveaway and then leave me a 2nd comment letting me know you did & include the link to your tweet!

 

I hope your week is off to a fantastic start! Remember to take a stand this week because we’re sick of this!

Changing The Stigma Of Endometriosis

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Its hard to believe that March is half over and Endometriosis Awareness Month will soon be winding down. It has done my heart good to see my Facebook feed turn yellow and see a steady stream of endometriosis awareness posts, educational articles, and resources shared so frequently. It almost me sad to think that is going to change.

I would love to see endo awareness become more of a year round thing. I obviously know that for many of us it is. I mostly definitely want Blogging For Endometriosis Awareness to become a year round campaign. I would love to have monthly linkups. Thoughts?

The theme for this week’s post is, “If I could change one thing about the stigma of endometriosis, it would be . . .”

I would love to change the stigma that endometriosis is a “female problem.” Granted it is a disease where the lining of the uterus grows elsewhere in the abdominal cavity and elsewhere in the body so it is obviously an issue that most predominantly affects women but somehow the stigma that its a “female problem” or a “female issue” makes it more taboo to discuss.

No one wants to talk about periods, bleeding, bloating, painful sex, and things sticking where things aren’t supposed to be stuck.

Endometriosis is not bad cramps, PMS, or crappy coping skills.

Endometriosis is a serious disease that can cause chronic and crippling pain. It often takes YEARS to receive a proper diagnosis (source).

Endometriosis is a major source of female infertility. A staggering 30-50% of infertile women have endometriosis (source).

Endometriosis often results in premature hysterectomies which often do not provide long term relief. Hysterectomies are the second leading surgery for premenopausal women (following c-sections) and a large portion of these procedures happen as a result of endometriosis (source).

In a survey conducted on the long term effects of endometriosis, 51% of the women surveyed stated that endo has affected their work and 50% stated that it has had a profound impact on their relationships (source).

These examples are just a small sampling of how greatly a woman’s life is impacted by endometriosis. I honestly believe that if endometriosis affected men in the same ways as it affects women, there would be far greater advancements in research and treatment options but because it is still considered just a “female problem” by so many, resources are limited.

I would love to see this stigma changed. It is by our efforts to raise awareness, support, and, most importantly, education about the disease that we can have a hand in changing it.

 

 

I am excited to announce that this week’s linkup post also includes a giveaway! One of our business sponsors, Seaview Jewellery, has graciously donated a beautiful necklace and charms to give away to you awesome folks! The charms can be put on a keychain or zipper pull as well as a variety of other places. This week there will be 3 winners (one will win the necklace and two others will win charms). Look at these beautiful creations:
Seaview Jewellery Endometriosis Awareness Jewelry

 

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me what stigma about endometriosis (or chronic illness in general) that you would like to see changed (mandatory)!

For an extra entry, tweet this post and then leave a comment letting me know that you did with a link to your tweet!

This giveaway will run through Friday, March 27th! You can also visit Diane’s blog for additional giveaways courtesy of Seaview Jewellery! Next week’s linkup will also feature endometriosis awareness jewelry giveaways courtesy of Seaview and our other business sponsor FJJ Creations!

 

P.S. Don’t forget to link up your post this week!