Endometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March with a mission to raise awareness of a condition that affects an estimated 200 million people, about 1 in 10 women, worldwide. Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where tissue, similar to the endometrial tissue that lines of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus.
How does one navigate talking to family, friends, and loved ones about an endometriosis diagnosis? Endo can often create challenges that are quite often misunderstood by those closest to the affected person. Isolation can ensue especially when one doesn't have the necessary support system.
The dynamics of having an endometriosis diagnosis can also affect relationships including casual sexual partners AND spouses. Living with an endometriosis diagnosis can create challenges for couples that often lead to disastrous misunderstandings.
And lastly, work. How do you navigate work relationships and responsibilities during a flare? Do you take vacation? Short-term disability? Should you tell your co-workers and supervisor that you have endometriosis and explain to them what that potentially means each month? When you require a physician's note for that emergency room visit or recent hospitalization, how do you explain the chronic nature of the condition?
The pain of endometriosis can be devastatingly debilitating and it is the leading cause of fertility challenges in women as it carries a huge personal and societal burden. This week, we continue the conversation about "endo" and relationships all FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A PERSON LIVING WITH AN ENDOMETRIOSIS DIAGNOSIS.
About our guest:
Tiffany Davis Nazaire, MSN, RN-BC is from Birmingham, AL and has lived in Baltimore, MD for thirteen years. She holds a Bachelors degree in Nursing from Auburn University (War Eagle!), a Masters degree in Nursing Informatics, and holds three additional board certifications. Tiffany is also a Certified Reiki II Practitioner. She lives with an endometriosis, is a COVID-19 "long-hauler", and is an advocate for both groups. Her areas of expertise are holistic women’s reproductive health & wellness and optimizing health through fitness and emotional well-being.
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