BENEFITING: ENDOMETRIOSIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Theresa Davidson wrote -
The Endometriosis Foundation of America strives to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research. Engaged in a robust campaign to inform both the medical community and the public, the EFA places particular emphasis on the critical importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention while simultaneously providing education to the next generation of medical professionals and their patients.
The EFA works to raise awareness and normalize discussions about endometriosis, and in doing so, the organization also encourages patients to trust their instincts and become their own strongest advocate. Being told to simply “tough it out” or that symptoms are “just female troubles” is a crushing reality for too many women with endometriosis. Symptoms of endometriosis and side effects from its treatment can include significant bloat, inability to have sex, diarrhea and vomiting, acne, and heavy bleeding – all issues that can lead to a diminished self-esteem and poor quality of life. Unfortunately, self-doubt and suffering in silence is all too common within the endometriosis community. The EFA works to eliminate that self-doubt, and to foster a sense of self-assurance and self-love by providing information and a welcoming community for patients to become empowered. The better women understand their bodies, the better care they can give them. Learning to love your body, despite whatever cramps, nausea, or muscle aches might come your way, and prioritizing one’s own well being, is a true labor of self-love. The EFA seeks to provide girls and women with the tools and support they need to learn about their bodies, love their bodies, and fight fiercely for their own health.