I’m an endometriosis warrior and advocate who is, naturally, in a complicated relationship with jeans.
When I’m not at some sort of physical therapy, I work as a floral designer and am the owner of recently launched Rise Floral.
Most days, you’ll usually find me nose-deep in a good book, playing with flowers or covering endo topics at Gather for Women.
For the past five years I have lived with chronic pain from Stage IV endometriosis and interstitial cystitis. I spent a great deal of my twenties working towards a diagnosis and have recovered from four major surgeries in the last year and a half, the most recent being VATS to excise thoracic endometriosis. As a prior collegiate athlete and runner, the lifestyle adjustment hasn’t been easy. Although, how could it be for anyone?
Chronic illness has taken a lot from me, but I’ve gained so much all the same. I have grown a deeper capacity for empathy, discovered that joy is still possible in the presence of pain, and uncovered a pretty impressive amount of resilience. With the help of my therapists and specialists, I am now on a healing path. I’ve seen so much improvement in my quality of my life over the past six months and I am soaking up every second of it.
This is a creative space for me to spread awareness about endometriosis and living with chronic pain. Through raw, unfiltered writing I strive to be a voice for others who are suffering. I also provide reliable resources and information, giving women with endo the tools they need to advocate for themselves-and hopefully changing the course of someones journey for the better. If I can do that, I don’t need much else to make me happy..other than flowers and the occasional taco.
Every so often, I sprinkle in exciting life events. If you’re into all that, follow along!
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