Class is back in session, and we've got a valuable lesson: our endometriosis ENPOWR program turns 5! Find out our plan to educate thousands of schoolchildren around the world—but we need your help! Thinking about shelling out $10K a year for Orilissa, the new endo drug? Read what Ask Harry has to say. Does IVF worsen endo? Experts sound off. And former Fox News personality and endo warrior Diana Falzone shares her baby joy and snaps of her baby boy! Happy reading!
 
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Nicole Middleton 

Chicago, IL 

"Hold On"

Watercolor, Mixed Media 2017

 

When artist and endo warrior Nicole Middleton submitted her artwork, she reminded us to display it, "with the toes are facing up towards the sky." There's a good reason for those skyward stems. Middleton says it's all a metaphor for her go-to pain relief pose.  The piece "was inspired by me putting my legs up against the wall every day as a pelvic floor physical therapy exercise," she confides. "I then started lying on my back, arranging my legs in the air in different positions and taking pictures." She underwent an excision surgery in May, but the procedure has brought little relief to "daily pelvic pain and lower back pain." Still, Middleton says she's found solace in creating art. "It all feels terribly overwhelming and dark sometimes, but I choose to believe that beauty exists even when I feel trapped in darkness. We have to fight to find the beauty and meditate on it."

 
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Help Us Celebrate: EndoFound’s ENPOWR Project Turns 5!
Help Us Celebrate: EndoFound’s ENPOWR Project Turns 5!
To date, ENPOWR has brought endometriosis education to 30,000 students and counting—but we're just getting warmed up, and we need your help to hit our $50,000 fundraising goal
Gabrielle Union's Infertility Heartbreak:
Gabrielle Union's Infertility Heartbreak: "I Have Adenomyosis"
Union says the condition, which is endometriosis of the uterus, is the cause behind years of failed IVF rounds. "There is nothing you can do about adenomyosis."
This New York Mom's Endometriosis Turned Into a Deadly Form of Ovarian Cancer
This New York Mom's Endometriosis Turned Into a Deadly Form of Ovarian Cancer
After she was diagnosed with endometriosis, Jennifer Cummings-Rabich discovered she had ovarian clear cell carcinoma.
 
Help Us Celebrate: EndoFound’s ENPOWR Project Turns 5!
 
 
Ask Harry: Orilissa's $10K Price Tag, and How Many Endometriosis Surgeries Should I Have?
Ask Harry: Orilissa's $10K Price Tag, and How Many Endometriosis Surgeries Should I Have?
Dr. Harry Reich answers a burning question about brand-new endometriosis drug Orilissa, and more
Former Fox News Reporter Diana Falzone Welcomes Baby Boy
Former Fox News Reporter Diana Falzone Welcomes Baby Boy
During her tearful endometriosis struggle, one doctor told Falzone she was infertile. 'Every night I prayed for him,' says Falzone of her newborn.
Is IVF Safe For Women With Endometriosis?
Is IVF Safe For Women With Endometriosis?
The massive doses of estrogen I’d taken were like pouring gas on a barely controlled fire, says Abbe Kopra about trying IVF while having endometriosis.
 

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