Our mission is to increase endometriosis awareness, fund landmark research, provide advocacy and support for patients, and educate the public and medical community.
Founders: Padma Lakshmi, Tamer Seckin, MD
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Catherine Vanacore

Catherine Vanacore

Catherine Vanacore s an aspiring healthcare technology executive based in Kansas City. She holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and hopes to use her professional background and personal experience to improve care for endometriosis and other chronic diseases.

Finding and Interpreting New Endometriosis Research

Finding and Interpreting New Endometriosis Research

One of the most empowering things a person with endometriosis can do to take charge of their health is learning how to find and interpret new research findings. It takes an estimated average of 17 years for new research findings to be implemented…

How To Speak Up for Yourself at the Doctor’s Office

How To Speak Up for Yourself at the Doctor’s Office

One of the hardest things I have dealt with in my endometriosis journey is the struggle to speak up for myself during doctor’s appointments. Over the years, I let doctors dismiss my severe symptoms and convince me that I had a normal…

Facing Endometriosis During COVID-19: Catherine Vanacore’s Endo Story

Facing Endometriosis During COVID-19: Catherine Vanacore’s Endo Story

I’m 29 years old and finally just got my definitive diagnosis of endometriosis—and during a pandemic, no less. My journey from the onset of symptoms to diagnosis has been similar to that of many other women: it took 15 years. My…