Monday, September 24, 2012

Fashionista Fundraiser for Endometriosis Awareness

You may remember me telling you all how I had to have surgery last month for endometriosis. When I talked with people about my condition I got one of three reactions: 1) I never heard of endometriosis. What is that?, 2) I know someone with endometriosis, or 3) I have endometriosis too. Most people that I spoke with about this didn't even know what endometriosis was unless they had it or knew someone that...and that was just crazy to me. Since this condition affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide (over 5 million in the United States alone), I would hope that endometriosis would get more attention as far as women's health is concerned...and I am determined to do just that.

It is unbelievable to me that just over a month ago I was in so much pain that I could barely move, was on serious pain killers, and would cry myself to sleep every night. The pain was so bad that I literally begged my doctor to move my surgery date sooner (and he was awesome enough to move his schedule around to make it happen). Just over a month since my surgery and I'm feeling amazing. As you can see, I can now go out and walk my dog (isn't Rocko the cutest???)...all with a smile on my face. Surgery worked for me...but the thing about pesky endometriosis is that it will more than likely come back. There is no real cure for endo, which I find so upsetting.

After my experience with endo I wanted to do something to get the word out about this condition. Putting a fundraiser together with some of my favorite fashion bloggers that were sweet enough to donate their time (and blogs) to getting the word out there seemed only natural.

For the next two weeks the Fashionista Fundraiser for Endometriosis Awareness that I organized will accepting donations. All donations will be sent to the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA). I'm hoping that with all of our blogs working together we can raise a large donation for them.

Please click to DONATE via PayPal to the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Every little bit helps!!! I ask that you use the donation link above to donate so that we can keep track on just how much we all have raised...and in turn I will keep everyone up to date on the success of this fundraiser.

denim jacket- Highway Jeans c/o Body Central
maxi dress- Derek Heart
scarf- a favor from my friend's wedding
sandals- Urban Outfitters
earrings- gift


Also, be sure to check out posts from some of my fellow fashionistas: Asian Cajuns, Jennif Hsieh, and Maegan. Your help means the world to me!!!


we wear things said...

awwww i'm so glad you're feeling better after all this!

Couture Carrie said...

What a great cause, darling!
So sorry you have to have surgery, and wish you a speedy recovery!


Diane said...

thanks girls!!!

AsianCajuns (Lar) said...

You look gorgeous, Diane, and Rocko is sooooo cute!
Thank you again for not just sharing your story with us, but organizing this fundraiser. I never imagined so many of my blogger buddies know what it's like to go through this too.
I'm so happy you surgery has taken away your pain (at least for a while)!
Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Diane said...

Lar- isn't rocko the cutest? hahaha! he just melts my heart!
thanks so much for all your help and for having the courage to share your story as well.

Katana Leigh said...

would you like to do a guest post on my blog about the fundraiser? I don't have endometriosis but i have a friend who suffers from it and she's seen improvement with juice fasting - but I would like to post about it and don't have the experience to say anything about it.

Diane said...

katana- email me for more details:
i would love your help!!!

BE-SO-CHIC By Federica said...

Great cause!!!
New post on my blog today....

Estilo Hedónico said...

Great pics!!
Would you like to follow each other?! :)


Kimberlee said...

This is so amazing! i'm so impressed by you :) I'm happy to help in anyway that I can.

AsianCajuns (Cath) said...

Love the photos!!!

Thank you so much for doing this!

xoxo, cath

Diane said...

Cath- i thank you (and your sister) as well! your support means so much!!!