BENEFITING: ENDOMETRIOSIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
ORGANIZER: ENDOMETRIOSIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA
Dear Friends and Family, This particular marathon journey is of tender importance to me. Until now, I've often been very private and stoic about my personal struggle with Endometriosis. I have suffered from acute abdominal and pelvic pain for as long as I could remember.
In 2012, after a regular GYN visit, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis and multiple ovarian cysts. I had surgery for the first time on March 25, 2013 to remove endometrial tissue, and left the OR with a Stage 4 diagnosis. The very next day, my mother unexpectedly passed away. Needless to say, I endured a grueling post-operative infection, and finally left the hospital 1 full month later.
Everything in my life completely changed after this. Plans and goals derailed. Overcome with grief and loss, the only thing that felt achievable in a day- was to move my body- and so I began to run. A half mile was the furthest I could reach on my first few runs. 10 months later, I ran the NYC Marathon for the first time. I recently completed my 7th marathon in March.
Running has become something I do for so many reasons, but for now, I yearn for other women that suffer from this disease to hear my story. Running has lessened the pain of Endometriosis significantly. It has given me power in a powerless situation. It inspires me, teaches me patience/humbleness, and has frankly saved my life. Tragedy has become beauty. It has taught me to love my body, despite its flaws and struggles. Lastly, it has bestowed upon me a deeper gratefulness and love for those around me.
Please help me raise money for this terribly underfunded and understudied disease.
And as always, Run On.