Welcome to my NYC Marathon fundraising page!!! Thanks for your interest in supporting me as I raise money for the Endometriosis Foundation of America.
What is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is a condition that affects roughly 200 million reproductive aged people worldwide, yet despite its prevalence not much is known about its cause, and there is no known cure. This condition occurs when uterine (endometrial) tissue is found outside of the uterus. This abnormal tissue growth can cause painful periods, lead to painful sex, change bowel/bladder habits, affect people’s mood, and increase rates of infertility. As you can see, this condition can affect people in all areas of their lives. With early diagnosis and effective treatment (including pelvic health physical therapy), relief is possible.
Why Team EndoStrong? I chose to support the Endometriosis Foundation of America for a couple of reasons. 1. When I was younger, I did not really know what endometriosis was - all I knew was that I hated it because it made my strong older sister curl up in pain every time her period came. I felt powerless because I couldn’t help her. After countless doctor’s appointments and eventual surgery, my sister was able to find some relief. I want everyone with endo to have the same relief and that starts with bringing awareness to this condition. The EndoFound works to educate the public on this issue. 2. If you have been following my last year of physical therapy school, you may have seen my newfound interest in pelvic health! Many of the patients I saw in the clinic had endometriosis and they had a similar experience of immense pain with their period as well as painful intercourse and bowel/bladder changes. While a lot of these changes were successfully addressed with pelvic floor physical therapy, proper treatment requires a knowledgeable team of medical professionals. From what my patients reported, it seemed like a lot of their doctors did not know how to help them. Women’s health has often been ignored in medical training (I had 1 lecture on it in physical therapy school) and that has perpetuated this idea that women’s issues are not important, when in reality women (or people with vaginas) account for half of the population. Let’s change that by educating the future of medicine with the Endometriosis Foundation of America!
How can you help? If you are able, please support this great cause! All funds will go directly to the Endometriosis Foundation. Any amount is greatly appreciated; no donation is too small. No worries if you are unable to donate at this time – sharing this page with your friends/family as well as educating the people around you about endometriosis is just as beneficial! Thanks for joining me on this journey to help those with endometriosis and run 26.2 miles!
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions J Thank you! – Savanna