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I Am The “ME” in EndoMEtriosis

It’s Women’s Health Month and there is no better time to tell you about a campaign close to my heart: Get in the Know about ME in EndoMEtriosis. As some of you may already know, I have been helping to raise awareness about endometriosis, a chronic and painful disease that affects an estimated one in 10 women, including me.

Starting when I was 15, I had sharp pains in the lower part of my stomach and heavy bleeding during and between my periods. I saw a few doctors who said it was normal, so I assumed it was just part of being a woman. As a performer and entertainer, I’ve always had a high tolerance for pain, so I just pushed through and ignored it.

Then in 2008, while performing on Dancing with the Stars, I had a particularly bad “episode,” as I call them. I started experiencing horrible pain and bleeding, so much so that my mom (who luckily was there) insisted we go to the hospital. Right away, I met with my gynecologist and it was then I found that I had endometriosis.

When I got my diagnosis, I felt relieved. I finally had a name for the pain I had been ignoring. I talked about my symptoms with family and close friends and it led some of them to talk to a doctor about their own symptoms. I’ve since found out most women can suffer up to 6-10 years before receiving a proper diagnosis!

Through this campaign aimed at inspiring women to learn about and understand endometriosis, I too have learned so much. Most importantly, I’ve learned I’m not alone.

I am the ME in EndoMEtriosis! I’m here to show women what the face of this disease looks like. By spreading the word, I hope to help women address their symptoms so they don’t go through years of debilitating pain.

My fellow #endowarriors and I are committed to making a difference. Check out to “get in the know” about endometriosis and its symptoms and download the great resources available to help start a conversation with your healthcare provider. You can also “stay in the know” by signing up to receive more information about endometriosis and updates from the campaign.

I believe sharing my endometriosis story within even just my own circle has helped a lot of people, so I want to encourage other women to do the same. Join me in sharing your story by using #MEinEndo or even if you don’t have endometriosis, find the next “ME” and encourage her to share her story.

Together, we can change the way endometriosis is understood.


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Comments 4

  1. I think it’s great that you are helping to bring attention to this disease. I hope that you are feeling better.

  2. So awesome that you are bringing awareness to this disease that many women suffer through. Being in pain like this makes it hard to do much of anything. I hope that your pain is much more manageable now.

  3. I admire you for talking openly about endometriosis! I wish more doctors were better equipped to diagnose women with this instead of brushing it off as normal period pain.

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