living life yellow.
the ramblings of a 21 year old
Endometriosis affects one in ten women world wide! That means if you know more than ten woman, you probably know endometriosis. Unfortunately not many people have heard of endometriosis. It's so important for everyone to know because it is such a common and distressed condition. It may not be you with endometriosis, but it may be a family member, friend, colleague or even one day, a daughter.
Here are some ways that you can support those with endometriosis!
Firstly the obvious one, DONATE!
Most endometriosis organisations worldwide are charities, which means they mainly run off donations. You have probably heard it a million times, but every dollar counts. Endometriosis New Zealand uses donations to help fun the ME (menstrual health and endometriosis) programme in secondary schools all across the country. This is such a valuable resource as most girls have never heard of endometriosis, and are thinking that their distressing periods are normal. Endometriosis education is so important in reducing the years that women have been waiting to get a diagnosis (average is about 8 years!
Purchase endometriosis merchandise!
There is so much cool stuff you can buy which part of the proceeds go to endometriosis organisations.
Buy purchasing this cute pin, you are also donating $2 to endometriosis UK.
PURCHASE IT HERE
Endometriosis Queensland (aka Quendo) sells gorgeous bracelets, necklaces and earrings proceeds go towards the organisation.
PURCHASE IT HERE
Find out more about endometriosis, do some research. There are heaps of awesome blogs/facebook pages/instagrams you can follow which give you a real insight into the live's of those with endo.
If you are a student or teacher, ask to learn about endometriosis in your schools. In NZ, as I stated earlier, you can organise for the ME programme to come to your school!
Be brave, share something on your personal social media feeds. Start a conversation about how 1 in 10 women are affected by this debilitating condition yet no one seems to know what it is!
To me this is the most important thing you could ever do for someone with endo. Understand if they need to cancel plans last minute. Understand if they can't make it to your birthday party. Understand if they just want to stay at home today. They really want to be going out and doing some things but some days it is just so hard.
Please consider doing at least one of these suggestions. If we all do a little bit, it can make a big difference.