Day 20: Have you ever met anyone with the same illness? Did it help?
One of our vault technicians at work has celiac disease, so on the off chance I see him, sometimes we ask each other how we’re doing. He’s actually the one who told my husband to get Canyon Bakehouse bread, which is completely and totally awesome! Note to self: remind David to go to Target to get bread….A few people I know from high school and college have since been diagnosed, so sometimes we swap tips and secrets.
I met hundreds of women with endometriosis at the 2nd Annual Worldwide EndoMarch on March 28, 2015 in Washington D.C. Karen, Amanda, and I led the march as Team Ohio with our homemade sign made out of a tablecloth and a sharpie. We met just as the march was about to start and marched the whole way together. It was great fun with wind chills in the 20s!
It’s always helpful to engage with other endo sisters, even if it’s not face to face. Through support groups on Facebook, I’ve talked to people around the world, from the UK to Europe to Australia as we support each other with the struggles that come with the disease. It makes all the difference in the world in a disease where you can sometimes feel very, very alone. It’s one of the strongest disease-related sisterhoods on the planet, of which I am proud to be a part. So if you’re ever diagnosed with endometriosis, know that you are never alone. You have 176 million other women to fight with you.