I am 21 years old and getting ready for my second endometriosis surgery. I am in nursing school and about to start my life in the 'real world'.
Before my diagnosis, and even after for a while, I trained at Tiger Schulmann's MMA. There I was able to learn a lot about myself and meet some of the best people that are in my life today. The support system that I have got from training continues to make me feel lucky everyday.
Before I was diagnosed during surgery, I was in an incredible amount of pain that was hard for everyone around me and included numerous emergency room visits. During surgery they found and removed endometriosis (an unknown and incurable disease where the lining of a women's uterus grows outside her uterus causing adhesions to other organs and intense pain). However, it was unsuccessful and shortly after the operation I was in pain again. Over the past year I have seen specialists and gone through tons of tests and countless attempts at home remedies.
Recently, I had been getting more upset and feeling alone-until I learned that 176 million women have endometriosis in some stage (thats 1 in every 10 women!). So today I woke up, ordered myself some endometriosis awareness PJs from cafepress.com and I decided instead of being upset I would work on dealing with the pain and my symptoms while trying to help others-thus KnockOutEndo.com was born.
The surgery that I am having in a few weeks will take me out of the ring permanently and coming to this realization has been a struggle for me. I have been going through realms of emotions and pain, but the fact that I'm out of the ring doesn't and shouldn't mean that my passion cannot still be a part of my life. The goal of the site is to donate proceeds from a fundraising tournament to endometriosis awareness and research.