I bet you are wondering why I am posing this question. Well, March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is a disease that affects 176 million worldwide. It is a disease where the endometrial tissue that lines the uterus is found outside of the uterus. Some of the places these implants can be found are on the ovaries and fallopian tubes. These implants can cause severe pain during a woman’s menstrual cycle, and they can cause infertility. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 30% to 50% of infertile women have endometriosis. It is a very common medical problem that affects many women and girls, and many do not even know they have endometriosis until they try to conceive; therefore, awareness of the disease is crucial. Some of the symptoms of endometriosis include heavy bleeding during menstruation, back pain, urinary and bowel problems, fatigue, and painful intercourse. Many women go undiagnosed for approximately 7 years before ever knowing they have the disease.
I am passionate about raising awareness of this disease because I am a stage 4 survivor of the disease. My journey with endometriosis inspired me to raise awareness to the public at large. My platform entitled Code Yellow: An Alert on Endometriosis educates and empowers women and girls so they can be proactive about their own health. I educate people via social media, health workshops, and interviews.
For those in pageantry, this is a great month to educate others about the disease and participate in activities and events that raise awareness.
One way you can participate in raising awareness is by participating in the Black Girls RUN! Endometriosis Awareness Virtual Run. You can live anywhere in the world and participate in this awesome cause. You don’t have to be experienced runner in order to participate, and you can even walk the 3.1 miles.
(FYI- Walking and Running are good activities for combating the symptoms of endometriosis.)
You can participate by registering at Black Girls RUN! Endometriosis Awareness Month Virtual Run . The registration deadline is March 15 or before it sells it out. You will even get a special bib and a medal for your participation.
Let’s end the silence, wear yellow, and raise awareness!
About the Author
Krystle Bell Saulsberry is a pageant consultant, financial coach, author, content creator, and speaker. Krystle is the Owner and Founder of Krystle Clear Pageantry. Krystle Clear Pageantry is web based platform designed to coach and educate women and girls on how to have a winning mindset, make a good presentation, and develop self- confidence. Krystle Clear Pageantry offers one on one coaching, workshops, books, courses, and content creation.