"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot. Together, we can do great things"
- Mother Teresa.
If there is one thing that we learn through our battles against brutal realities like endometriosis, cancer and infertility, it's that there is much solace and strength to be found in others who have been on the same path. There is a great deal of isolation, frustration and anxiety that could be felt during physically or emotionally difficult days. But there is also something beautiful in the thought that others - strangers, all around the world - have their hand lovingly on our back.
A year ago, I never would have believed you if you'd told me I would talk so openly about endometriosis, cancer and infertility. That I would write so openly about it, in a book or on social media. That I'd try to start a movement, finally joining in on the conversations that my fellow "endo sisters" have long started before me.
I want to hit these messages home for those who watch from the outside. I also want to uplift those who live it from the inside. Not through my voice but through our collective voice.
Tomorrow is March 1st, and so begins endometriosis awareness month. Let all the campaigns remind you of the great things we can achieve together, and that you are not alone.
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