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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. Continue Reading

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The Importance of Kindness

While I love decorating, planning events and playing with my style, my true passion comes from an entirely different place. My mission in life is to celebrate the little things and spread light and joy, but most of all kindness. There are many wonderful anti-bullying campaigns out there, and I especially love what my friends at The Kind Campaign are achieving through all their hard work. The only way to actually stop bullying is to spread kindness!

Being kind comes from the heart. It means accepting people for who they are. So rather than create awareness, my goal for this part of my website is to create action. Continue Reading

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