March is Endometriosis awareness month and in honor of that I was thinking about how we, as the fighters, face a month completely dedicated to our battle. Awareness for this disease is not as active as other diseases, such as breast cancer awareness month when the world turns pink. I’m thrilled that there is so much support for the women that face breast cancer. But I would also like to see more support for the ones of us that face Endometriosis. The only way that will happen though is if WE the fighters make people more aware. I know for me that is a hard thing to do. I don’t like telling people I have a disease. Who does? But I think sometimes the difference in what happens when you tell someone you have Endometriosis compared to someone who says they have or have had cancer is the way that it’s portrayed. Not only by the public but by ourselves. I know myself that I feel like when I tell someone “Oh I have Endometriosis.” that what everyone thinks is “Oh that just means she has cramps and heavy periods.”. It’s true that is what a lot of people think, but it’s because they are not educated about what Endo actually is and how it effects you. When someone has cancer and goes through chemo it’s evident by the way they lose their hair, they lose weight, all things that can be see outwardly. For someone with Endometriosis unless you live with that person and you can see the bad days, overall you won’t ever see outward physical signs of this terrible disease.
I know for myself, and this just may be me, that a lot of times I think I don’t tell people because instead of feeling like a strong woman for dealing with this day in and day out, I feel weak because I have bad days. We shouldn’t feel that way. We’re not in just a battle, we’re in a war! So instead of feeling like we’re weak because we have days we don’t want to get out of the bed, we should feel proud and strong that we get UP out of bed, that we face everyday, not only everyday but we stand facing the rest of our lives with this disease.
I know in some of my other articles I have talked about on the bad days just getting through the day. Getting up the courage and praying to face the day. I don’t believe that we were meant to live taking it one day at a time. I’m a Christian. I don’t believe that God, who loves me and cares for me and you wants us to just get through the day. I know that sometimes that is all we can do. I know there are days you have to pray when you wake up, that God will help you get through the day. I know, I did that this morning. But I don’t want to live just day to day. My life is so much more than that. I want to live beyond the sunrise. I want to look ahead and plan my life, not by the days I feel like a normal person, but by the knowledge that I’m a strong woman that faces horrible days with pain but that I can get through them. I have a loving God that helps me through each and every day. I have a family that supports me and does everything they can to help me. I have a doctor that does everything she absolutely can for me. So in the knowledge of all that, I have to dig deep and find the strength to look beyond today. I have to see myself as the strong fighter and have the courage to tell people about this battle.
It only takes one spark to start a fire and that one spark can be you. You can raise awareness. You can speak out even when your shaking inside. You can encourage someone else to speak out too. You can help someone else get through the hard days. You have so much power and strength, more than you even realize. You can get through today, and you can look beyond the sunrise at the days ahead, good and bad, and face them with the knowledge that you are more than strong enough to face them and get through every single one of them. You can. I pray that this month we will all find the courage and strength inside to rise up and make the world recognize us for the strong women we are.
So this month, Speak out. You have the power.
Much love and pain free wishes!
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