This year, we have done a lot at Knock Out Endo. We officially became a non-profit organization and have begun to organize and plan how we will achieve our mission of financial aid for women to gain excision surgery with a specialist, education, and awareness. We are selling 4 products on our store page and are accepting donations at this time. We have grown reaching over 800 people on Facebook, over 300 on Twitter, and over 50 in our online mailing list through knockoutendo.com.
Knock Out Endo has worked toward helping patients and their supporters advocate for themselves and their loved ones. We successfully completed our June get- together as well as our fall Thankful for You letters.
I’d like to place a challenge for 2015-one that I believe has been needed for quite a while within our community of supporters and patients-challenge ourselves to come together. It is in coming together that we, as warriors, can get stronger, initiate and create change, and lift each other up in times of hardship. We need to stick together in order for our efforts to work effectively. It is impossible for one single person or unit to change the world, but by supporting and loving each other for the efforts that we put forth, we show respect and compassion, and most importantly, we show that we are a team.
I have said many times that the healthcare field is a team sport-with the patient as the team captain because without the patient, there would be no need for the rest of the team. Likewise, endometriosis MUST become a team sport. We must come together to help each other get through the battles that endometriosis presents. For if we are able to come together and help each other in all ways possible, we will succeed. We will beat this disease not as one person or one patient, but as a group of warriors loving one another and providing comfort and aid when possible-with words, gestures, and kindness to our fellow warriors and their supporters.
Endometriosis is not something to be ashamed of, or something that you need to be silent about. Endometriosis is a disease for the rough and tough of the world and even the toughest of people need support. Who is better to support them than the 178 million other patients and their supporters?
For these reasons, I challenge each of you to come together and lift others up this year-through your gifts, talents, and support. I know that as a community we can do this. We can do this.
Sending love and spoons to all,