Endometriosis Awareness Month is right around the corner! A group of bloggers and myself would love for you to join in with us to help spread education and awareness regarding endometriosis! With 5.5 million women in North America alone being affected, there is a good chance that you know someone battling this often unrelenting disease.
To kick the month off, March 1st will be Yellow Shirt Day so sport your yellow loud & proud and we will kick off the month with a link of you lovely readers sporting your yellow! We would love to see social media turn yellow!
The Blogging for Endometriosis Awareness campaign runs throughout the month of March and provides an opportunity to share your journey with others and offer and receive some support and encouragement for fellow endo-sisters! Each week there is a different topic that discusses the various ways endometriosis impacts our lives. We all know that the physical aspects of the disease is just on facet of life and it impacts our lives emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
Here is a schedule of the topics:
Week of March 4th: Physical impact that endometriosis has had on your life
Week of March 11th: Mental impact that endo has had on your life.
Week of March 18th: Social impact that endo has had on your life.
Week of March 25th: Your favorite things/tips/coping tools that have helped you stay encouraged in spite of illness (suggestions: endo survival kit, advice for newly diagnosed, top 10 most annoying things you can say to someone with endo, etc)
You can post any time during the week and link up your posts here but don’t feel trapped with the list of topics. If you feel lead to share another post related to endometriosis awareness, please do so! This list of topics is just a general guideline! I hope having a list of topics provides enough inspiration to get writing but still be broad enough to allow for your creativity to let loose!
Another idea for the awareness campaign is to have friends and family members write guest posts for your blog so that we can include the stories and experiences of caregivers and loved ones! Chronic illness is obviously very difficult on the patient but also has a big impact on caregivers and loved ones and sometimes their voice gets lost. When I stop and put myself in my husband’s shoes I cannot imagine having to watch your spouse go into surgery not only once but often multiple times as well as having to watch them have pain and not being able to do anything about it. My husband is type 1 diabetic and it shatters my heart to watch when he has a bad day so it really causes me to step back and think about the hurt and the frustration he must feel about my illnesses.
Some possible topics for guest posts include:
What impact has the disease had on your life?
What is it like watching your friend/loved one suffer?
How do you offer encouragement?
If you could give advice to a friend or family member who is just
beginning the road of supporting a friend or family member with endo, what would it be?
If you have been the main caregiver for someone suffering from endo, how do you make sure to care for yourself too so you stay health?
If you could understand more about endometriosis, what would you want to know?
Plans are in the works for at least one (hopefully two!) twitter chats as well as a couple giveaways! If you are a business owner or know someone who might be interested in donating for giveaways throughout the Blogging for Endometriosis Awareness 2013 campaign, please send me an email! All giveaway sponsors will be given free ad space throughout the duration of the campaign!
29 comments on “Blogging for Endometriosis Awareness 2013”
These are the same topics we used last year, right?
I tweaked them slightly. The main one that is different is week #3. Last year the topic was fertility but for those ladies who may not have crossed that bridge yet, I didn’t want to leave them out so I changed it this year to social impacts. I know that is an area that I really struggle (especially lately) and I think it is an area that really doesn’t get talked about that much so I wanted to open up the floor for that discussion. Week #4 is basically the same as I just reworded it to be a little more expansive.
Got it. That sounds great. Social impact is huge for me too. So that will be really good.
A blogging awareness campaign. What a great idea!
Thanks! I am so excited to get this kicked off!
I’m excited to participate for the first year. Thanks so much for providing motivation for bloggers to help raise awareness of endo!
So glad to have you join in! Look forward to reading your posts & chatting with you!
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Awesome idea . Im not that great on a computer yet but im going to participate as much as possible. Cant wait
Any way you can participate will be awesome! The more the merrier!
We look forward to you joining us!
had to see where i was as it got closer, but i can participate via my blog. if there’s an email “packet”, please forward it.
Yay!!! There is no “packet” just the information listed on this post!
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Are there any blogging guidelines or no-no’s?
No rules or no-no’s! The weekly topics are just suggestions so however you want to approach it, go for it!
Hi I hope I am writing in the correct place for an entry. ; ) I myself don’t have Endo but Diane is a dear friend and I see what she goes through. I pray for her to feel better and not have to endure the pain, I know there are both physical and mental impacts with a Chronic Disease. I suffer from Ulcerativce Colitis and endure both the physical pain, fatigue and mental impact. Having a “normal” life seems like it wlil never happen. I have a four year old son and I wish I could be a “better:” mommy for him instead of one who is sick and tired so often. I pray for all of us!
Jenny, Thanks for comment! I understand how hard it is to have a 4 year old and try to balance illness! My daughter will be 4 in April and she seems to have an endless supply of energy! Its difficult too that she is now at an age where she recognizes that I am sick and cannot always do what I would like to! My latest hospitalization was really tough on her!
To enter the giveaways, you will need to comment on the weekly giveaway post! The post of week 2 just went live! Here is the link: http://www.anewkindofnormal.com/chronic-illness/blogging-for-endometriosis-week-2-giveaways A new giveaway goes up every Monday through the month of March!
I shared on my facebook page also
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Endometriosis is a disease of female reproductive system in which the innermost layer of the uterus, called endometrium starts growing outside the uterus around the areas like the fallopian tubes, ovaries, vagina, vulva, urinary bladder, pelvic cavity etc. Tissues breaks down and bleed with each menstruation as there is no other way to exit for them. This condition may present with backache during periods, heavy bleeding, weakness etc. Endometriosis can easily cured by natural methods. Herbs have got very good and effective results in endometriosis. Lodhra, Arjun, Shatavari, Ashoka are amazingly effective herbs in all female reproductive disorders. Opt for balanced diet along with some home remedies to deal with endometriosis.