My name is Kianna. I'm an endometriosis warrior. My endo journey intensified after I moved from Colorado to Virginia to work in the veterinary industry with Olympic level horses. I started experiencing debilitating back pain. I went to countless appointments with no answers... The 7th doctor said, "some women just can't handle stressful careers." He advised me to give up working with horses, my life's pursuit. I was at a loss. I didn't want to die, but I didn't know how to live a life where I couldn't live out my dreams.
The 8th doctor I saw connected the dots, recognizing my history of painful periods could be related to my back pain. Within a week I was in surgery. I had endo everywhere, resulting in extensive damage to my pelvic organs and multiple secondary disease processes. If I had not been diagnosed when I was, the consequences could have been life-threatening.
Through the surgery and treatments, something stuck with me. I did not fear death; I feared being alive, but unable to live. So I founded the nonprofit "EndoArmy" to promote access to unbiased, accurate information, proper endometriosis care, and in-person community groups.
In these groups, patients can come together to support and empower one another to live beyond endo. Now, I know what I am facing, and I have the information I need to move forward. I will never take this gift for granted. I have chosen to put my journey and dreams at the forefront of my life. Therefore, I have decided to ride horseback from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. My goal is to raise per mile sponsors for my 2,650+ mile journey and to donate all the profits to help patients who require excision surgery. For more information, visit https://endoarmy.comand follow my Instagram page @theequestrianwarrior.