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 or spooning my dog.
For the past six 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 five major surgeries in less than three years, including VATS to remove thoracic endometriosis, and most recently a total hysterectomy to treat adenomyosis. As a prior collegiate athlete and active individual, 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 on a healing path and slowly regaining pieces of my life. One step forward and six steps back is a common theme lately, but good pain days are always celebrated and embraced, no matter how few there are.
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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