1 out of 10 women have endometriosis, and yet it takes an average of 10 years before they are diagnosed.
For most of my life everything on the outside about me appeared normal, but internally, endometriosis deposits were relentlessly torturing my insides. Women with endometriosis often refer to themselves as EndoWarriors—and with good reason. It was my battle with endometriosis that truly showed me the deep well of strength I possess. I fought through intractable, chronic, life-altering pain for over 16 years to be taken seriously by the medical community and access proper care. After my pain left me almost counchbound for 6 years, I refused to stay silent any longer. I decided to start conversations with other women about painful menstruation and other "taboo" female issues. I found similarities between our stories that brought me solace knowing I wasn't alone and this wasn't "in my head". 1 out of 10 women have endometriosis, and yet it takes an average of 10 years before they are diagnosed. From lost productivity, to intractable pain, infertility, and incalculable emotional and financial tolls, this disease has a devastating impact on not only women, but society as a whole. Endometriosis taught me that in order to change the narrative of this disease, it is imperative to share our stories. I spent 2 years traveling to medical conferences giving speeches to thousands of professionals and patients in the hopes to change the standard of care for women with endometriosis. By sharing my story candidly I have helped women across the US to empower themselves with current knowledge so they may access better care.