Endometriosis Foundation of America: An Online Patient Community
The Best Gift of the Season: Young People Fighting for Endo

Endo advocates are heavy lifting over at the Thayer Academy in MA! After the school held a jigsaw competition last week, five seniors, Maeve, Stella, Anna, Meg, and Abby, took home first prize and chose EndoFound as their charity of choice. "I have endometriosis and it has greatly impacted my teenage years," Maeve says. "I repeated a year of school and have had four surgeries for endo. I was so glad when my friends wanted to donate with me because the foundation does such great work!" We’re so grateful for their donation, and it’s especially meaningful to us that young people are talking about endometriosis and spreading the word, as early detection is key to the proper treatment of the disease. Start your holiday fundraiser on Facebook or JustGiving today to help get endometriosis patients diagnosed early!

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Give Those with Endo a Fighting Chance

The holidays are here, yet millions of people with endometriosis are going to have an incredibly difficult time this holiday season. As a member of our community, you’ve read patients’ endometriosis stories. You’ve read about how difficult it is for a woman like Jane*, who has endured chronic suffering from endometriosis for over eight years. Most months, she only has one or two pain-free days. Like many patients, Jane continues to endure crushing pain and other crippling side effects because she cannot afford treatment. This holiday season, you can give to EndoFound so Jane can have a fighting chance.

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The Connection between Pelvic Pain & Childhood Trauma

Once Stephanie Moss, a 3rd-year medical student, was diagnosed with endometriosis, she started reading studies about how adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impacted physical health. As Harris et al. confirmed in a study conducted in the early 2000s and published in 2018, the childhood trauma that one experiences in their early life is associated with an increased risk of endometriosis. Now live on The Blossom, Stephanie details her diagnosis journey, trauma-informed care, and how being a medical student allowed her to stand up for her needs.

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The Endo Event of the Season

Did you miss the powerful and emotive endometriosis talk of the season? This month, Diana Falzone hosted EndoFound’s Virtual Congressional Briefing announcing the creation of the “UpEndo” coalition, featuring EndoFound Co-Founders Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin MD, EndoFound Ambassadors Corrine Foxx, Alaia Baldwin, and Lexie Stevenson, and model and actress Olivia Culpo. This new effort will provide an opportunity for coalition members to work together to raise awareness of endometriosis and build on the success in 2020 of a historic doubling of funding for endometriosis research at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the creation of the bipartisan Congressional Endometriosis Caucus. Best part? You can get involved in advocating for better treatment for endo patients today.

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Dr. Purvi Parikh on Covid Updates

The latest COVID-19 update is now live on EndoTV. Host Diana Falzone talks with infectious disease doctor and Covid-19 researcher Purvi Parikh of NYU Langone Health about the Omicron variant, boosters, and masks. Get the information you need today.

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Thank you to all our supporters who use Amazon Smile each time they shop! Haven’t selected a charity on Amazon yet? You can contribute to advancing cutting-edge endometriosis research and advocating for endo legislation by selecting EndoFound as your charity on Amazon Smile. EndoFound receives a .5% donation from all qualifying purchases and it's so easy! You must shop at smile.amazon.com to donate (bookmark the link here!).

Spread Cheer by Supporting Endometriosis Patients

Are you looking for holiday gifts? Look no further! From hoodies to beanies, The EndoFound Shop is here for all your gifting needs. Plus, there’s a special end-of-year hoodie that won’t be available after January! So order today and help support our endometriosis programs, which increase advocacy, research, education, and awareness about the disease.

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Happy Holidays to Our Endo Community

The Blossom Newsletter is going on a two-week holiday hiatus! Thank you to all our readers and contributors, from doctors and medical students committed to treating endometriosis to patients who are telling their stories for the first time—you make this isolating condition more supportive for paitents everywhere. If you miss us, be sure to check out our past pieces on The Blossom and the powerful Endometriosis Stories we published this year. Like what we do? Donate in honor of an endometriosis patient you love today. 

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