ENDO ACTIVISTS OF THE WORLD, UNITE!

MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
THANK YOU TO ALL ENDO ACTIVISTS OF THE WORLD

Dear Patients, Country Captains, Chapter Presidents, Precinct Managers, Ambassadors, EndoMarch Volunteers, Family members, and all Endo Activists & Supporters,

First and foremost, we would like to thank you for your selfless dedication, hard work, and advocacy to make this grassroots movement a success. You have answered the call to arms to help advance medicine and advocate for endometriosis patients the world over, so that the millions suffering from this devastating disease can receive urgently-needed improved treatment options, timely diagnoses at the onset of symptoms, a non-invasive diagnostic test, and a fast-track toward a cure.

Indeed, thanks to the efforts and initiatives of so many EndoMarch supporters & volunteers, we are pleased to report that this grassroots movement has gone viral internationally. Many governmental agencies, like the United Nations, have gotten involved to help young girls, women, and transgender individuals with endometriosis.

CNN & SENATOR HATCH ON ENDO:
“NOTHING SHORT OF A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY”

You also now see news coverage about endometriosis in the mainstream media much more often. For example, today, CNN published an op-ed about endometriosis written by Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah), who declared what we’ve been saying all along, that the lack of adequate research funding and awareness about endometriosis constitutes “nothing short of a public health emergency.”

MEDICAL SOCIETIES JOIN THE FIGHT FOR CHANGE
The most respected medical societies around the world also continue to support this noble cause, including the American Medical Association, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, just to name a few. Collaboration with these and other medical societies is currently underway, so that, for example, standards of care protocols can be updated to address the urgent, unmet needs of endometriosis patients, while other collaborative efforts continue to focus on providing advanced training to the next generation of endometriosis excision surgeons.


GENOMICS-BASED 21st CENTURY MEDICINE
Greater awareness about the urgent issues facing the endometriosis community will also eventually lead to increased investments into 21st century precision medicine, which is key to achieving improved health outcomes based on the principles of individualized, genomics-based medicine.


NON-UTERINE ORIGINS OF ENDOMETRIOSIS: A RESEARCH PRIORITY
With more research funding, researchers can also continue investigating what the latest endometriosis studies support: that the pathogenesis of endometriosis is multi-factorial and includes causes that are non-uterine in origin, such as the metaplastic transformation theory, which was actually first postulated in the 19th century.


HYSTERIA: GOODBYE & GOOD RIDDANCE
And, finally, all of your Herculean efforts to set the world free from centuries of medical mythologies, like hysteria or Eve’s Curse, are also paying off and will usher in a shining new era, when patients no longer know more about endometriosis than their own health care providers, which is the current 21st Century reality that so many face today.

PROUD SUPPORTER OF THIS ENDO UNITED WORLD
These achievements would never have been possible without everyone’s united efforts, creative awareness campaign initiatives, and unwavering commitment to the cause. For this, we thank you all immensely again for your ongoing support and generous contributions.

Forward we go!

Camran Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS

Founder, Worldwide EndoMarch & World Endometriosis Day

Today is the day we march!

TODAY IS THE DAY WE MARCH!
Today is the day we march en masse, to fast-track toward a cure and better care for #endometriosis sufferers the world over. Best wishes for everyone’s EndoMarch events today! Our Team USA staff will be super busy managing the events today, but you can see all information for the USA Events on the blog page below.
 
TRAVEL ADVISORIES FOR DC ENDOMARCH & SF ENDOMARCH:
Please see the travel advisories on the DC EndoMarch & SF EndoMarch dedicated blog pages listed below.
 
We will be marching with everyone either in person or in spirit!!
 
CLICK HERE FOR OVERVIEW OF USA EVENTS
 
CLICK HERE FOR DC ENDOMARCH DETAILS – START TIME 12 NOON
CLICK HERE FOR SF ENDOMARCH DETAILS – START TIME 2 PM

7-DAY COUNTDOWN IS ON!

COUNTDOWN IS ON!
Just one week to go until the global Endometriosis March uprising. Let’s do this. Let’s show the world that we are #176MillionStrong rising up as one!

ONLY IN UNITY will we be able to tear down those walls of shame and stigma that have silenced endometriosis sufferers for far too long.

ONLY IN UNITY will we be able to put an end to centuries of sociocultural institutional inertia that has allowed this sick, scandalous status quo to stand unchallenged.

ONLY IN UNITY will we be able to send the message loud & clear that we will not allow another generation have their lives devastated unnecessarily because society still refuses to take endometriosis seriously, still refuses to fully believe the testimonies of those who are suffering.

GENDER INEQUALITY IN MEDICINE
If young boys have their acute abdominal pain taken seriously in the ER in cases such as acute appendicitis, what else but gendered medicine explains the disparate treatment of young girls with endometriosis who have similar acute symptoms, yet are practically condemned from the start as liars and fakers?

“BELIEFS CAN BE A FORM OF BLINDNESS”
“Beliefs can be a form of blindness.” The catalyst for the global EndoMarch uprising was the 2012 history of endometriosis article titled, ‘Endometriosis: ancient disease, ancient treatments’ (Nezhat et al), which opened our eyes to the fact that women and girls, with what may have been endometriosis-like symptoms, have suffered thousands of years of historic injustices, in which they were blamed for their illness or otherwise accused of madness, immorality, or imaging it all.

Sound familiar?

4,000-YEAR HISTORIC INJUSTICE
Today’s inadequate treatment of endometriosis sufferers is a legacy and direct descendant of these ancient beliefs and prejudices. The United States of America is currently the wealthiest, most powerful nation in the world. Surely we can do better than the ancients did from 4,000 years ago. And surely we owe it to our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, aunties, and friends, to fight for their rights to prejudice-free medical care.

Let’s be the generation that finally puts an end to 4,000 years of senseless suffering.
Time is up. Something must change.

REGISTER FOR AN ENDOMARCH NEAR YOU
http://www.endomarch.org/event-info/

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