Why Endometriosis Matters on International Women's Day

12:35 PM


If you clicked on this blog post, you probably already know that today is International Women's Day. But you may not be aware that March is Endometriosis Awareness Month.

I appreciate that the two intersect today. As I've reflected today on feminism and what it means to be a woman in 2017, my feelings about my incurable illness have also come up. To me, endometriosis bisects so many issues that women collectively face - those with and without endometriosis.

When I found out I had endometriosis in 2014, I didn't quite understand just how many layers of sexism and gender inequality were packed into my delayed diagnosis. I spent 13 years - from age 11 to age 24 - looking for answers to the searing, paralyzing pain that gripped me every single month, and then more frequently as my disease progressed. So when I finally received a label, I was too grateful to be angry or absorb the injustice of my situation.

For 13 years, I wasn't trusted as the authority on my own body. Doesn't that sound familiar?

How often do we question whether a woman is "really" in pain? Enough that I'm giving a talk on it next month.

How often do we argue if a woman was "really" assaulted? Enough that few people believed I faced domestic violence.

How often do we restrict reproductive health access, as though women can't be trusted to make the best decisions for themselves? Enough that I fear losing coverage for birth control and treatments to manage my endometriosis.

Even in 2017, much of our society feels a collective ownership over women's bodies. We insult women who wear outfits that are "too revealing." We criticize the single mother or the woman who elected not to be a mother without asking ourselves about the man who was involved. We ask women "Were you drunk?" or "What were you wearing?" or "Are you sure it wasn't a misunderstanding?" when they report a rape. 

We demand so much from women's minds, souls and especially bodies. But when women's health issues come to the forefront - not just endometriosis - our society doesn't seem to have the time, money or resources.

Endometriosis impacts one in ten women worldwide. There are women who will go their whole lives without knowing they have it because they lack affordable, accessible reproductive health care. And even with the best health care, no woman will ever see their endometriosis cured. Because it's still incurable.

There is little funding out there for diseases like endometriosis. Once something is labeled a "women's issue," many people in power seem to turn away.

But if we're so worried about whether a woman is a mother, then why don't we tackle a disease that is a leading cause of infertility?

If we're so concerned about a woman's ability to nurture and care for others, then why don't we confront a disease that takes away precious hours, days, years from a woman's life, lost to pain and sickness?

We ask so much of women. And when they ask back, what do we offer in return? 

"Maybe it's all in your head."
"You should try not thinking about it."
"Everyone has something. You think your disease is so special?"
"I think you're making it a bigger deal than it is."
"Get over it."

Despite all this, I find some comfort today when thinking about endometriosis. When I was diagnosed in 2014, I had never, ever heard of endometriosis. No one told me about it in health class. I never read about it in the news. It wasn't a word remotely in my vocabulary.

But in the past three years, I have seen more coverage of this disease than I have in my entire life. And it's because of brave women speaking out about their experiences and other women giving them a platform to share those stories.

While I'm uncertain if we'll see a cure or even a sophisticated treatment for endometriosis in my lifetime, I'm grateful for the hard work of women who have come before me and those who will follow. I'm eternally thankful that endometriosis is becoming more of a household word and that more young girls will grow up knowing about this illness and understanding its warning signs.

That's the difference between a delayed diagnosis (an average of 10 years for most women with endometriosis) and years without untreated pain.

If you're looking for a place to direct your support this International Women's Day, I encourage you to start with Endo What's School Nurse Initiative. This campaign will help ensure more young girls receive endometriosis education earlier and will learn to take charge of their health needs.

But if you can't give right now, I encourage you to keep sharing your stories and keep talking about endometriosis. This cause has already come so far because of people like you.

You Might Also Like

3 comments

  1. Visit us if you have been advised to undergo a laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery for the best expertise and facilities. https://goo.gl/bozi1c

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. MY EX IS FINALLY BACK TO ME

      I was so depressed when my ex left me for another woman. it made me felt like i was not relevant and my heart and love life was seriously destroyed. i could not concentrate in anything i was doing. i went online and searched for help but could not find any genuine spell caster until i went to Ocala Florida to visit my aunt to ease the depression and loneliness. when i got to Florida, i explained to my aunt who then felt pity for me and told me the secret she have not told anyone about the success in her marriage with her man. she then took me to the temple of powerful Dr. Ugo Wonders whom i met and explained my problems to. he promised to help me because of my aunt. i trusted his words and provided him with the materials needed to help me get my ex back and to my greatest surprise, after 48 hours of casting the spell, my Ex cam back on his knees begging for me to forgive him. i was shocked and surprised at the magic. we are happily married now and everything is working fine with us.I promised Dr. Ugo that i will never keep this a secret because he brought back my life and my world and that i will hare my testimony to the general public.
      My advice goes to any one out there who is emotionally depressed or having any similar relationship problem, to contact Dr. Ugo wonders the ultimate spell caster via his direct email generalspelltemple@gmail.com or call his temple line on +1 386-336-9876 he is the best in Florida....



      MY EX IS FINALLY BACK TO ME

      I was so depressed when my ex left me for another woman. it made me felt like i was not relevant and my heart and love life was seriously destroyed. i could not concentrate in anything i was doing. i went online and searched for help but could not find any genuine spell caster until i went to Ocala Florida to visit my aunt to ease the depression and loneliness. when i got to Florida, i explained to my aunt who then felt pity for me and told me the secret she have not told anyone about the success in her marriage with her man. she then took me to the temple of powerful Dr. Ugo Wonders whom i met and explained my problems to. he promised to help me because of my aunt. i trusted his words and provided him with the materials needed to help me get my ex back and to my greatest surprise, after 48 hours of casting the spell, my Ex cam back on his knees begging for me to forgive him. i was shocked and surprised at the magic. we are happily married now and everything is working fine with us.I promised Dr. Ugo that i will never keep this a secret because he brought back my life and my world and that i will hare my testimony to the general public.
      My advice goes to any one out there who is emotionally depressed or having any similar relationship problem, to contact Dr. Ugo wonders the ultimate spell caster via his direct email generalspelltemple@gmail.com or call his temple line on +1 386-336-9876 he is the best in Florida....

      Delete
  2. Hi Everyone,
    I'm from United Kingdom London, City(GB). I met this spell caster called Dr IyaryI of driayaryi2012@hotmail.com online and so many other, but i decided to go with this particular spell caster and this is about 2 weeks ago.I needed the spell caster to reunite me and my lover because she started behaving strange and a day came she text me and told me she cannot continue with the relationship anymore, that she just want to be alone.But a close friend of hers shows the guy to me that she was now dating.So i contacted this spell caster because i was totally heart broken and i smoked and get drunk till i could not even notice if am standing or lying.This spell caster told me not to worry, he gave me hope that am to have her again just like old times, and i provided all the requirements, and in just 5 days, my ex lover called me crying over the phone asking for me to forgive her for her stupid act, and she swore with her mother grave to love me and never hurt me again.This was what the spell caster earlier told me and it came after he has done the spell and that same night, my lover came back to the house to me. I have never seen spell as powerful as this but now, am convinced that Dr IyaryI is the best ever, You can contact him through him email address: driayaryi2012@hotmail.com or driayaryi2012@hotmail.com or And also Reach him on WhatsApp Number: +2349057915709 Thanks Dr. IyaryI

    ReplyDelete

Popular Posts