I’m getting excited about participating in the Endometriosis Awareness Virtual 5K! This event was organized by a group who will be running together in Seattle tomorrow. People all across the country were invited to participate “virtually” in their own locations. Since registering about five weeks ago, I have been walking each day and I think I am ready! I mapped out my course through the streets of downtown Wooster and will begin around 11am. The event T-shirts were mailed earlier this week, but mine has not yet arrived. L What a disappointment! But not to be deterred, I went to the craft supply store this evening to purchase a yellow T-shirt, fabric pens, and embroidered butterfly appliqués. I also bought yellow ribbons and made pins to give to people I encounter along my route. Though my registration fee supports the Endometriosis Research Center, the event is not a fund-raiser. It is simply to raise awareness of this often debilitating disease that affects 1 in 10 women (176 million worldwide). Here are some basic facts:
- Endometriosis occurs when tissue normally found in the uterus grows outside of the uterus and on other organs and structures in the body.
- Its cause is unknown, though some theories include genetics, a faulty immune system, and/or the over-production of estrogen
- Symptoms include very painful menstrual cramps, pelvic and lower back pain, intestinal pain, infertility and fatigue.
There is no cure. However, the disease can be treated with pain medications, hormone treatments, and surgery.
A fact sheet with more information can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website at http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/endometriosis.pdf
I’ll post pictures from my walk tomorrow.
Until next time, peace …