Hi friends, today I’m re-sharing the sentiments of one of my friends – Elsie Wandera, who I have previously written about here. Read her message below.
“Hi, my name is Elsie Wandera-Odhiambo and I’m the Founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of Kenya. I’ve had 3 surgeries to-date since I was first diagnosed with #Endometriosis. I remember I was 26 years-old and it took almost 9 years to discover what was ailing me and give it a name.
It always felt, and still feels like a punishment going through the hormone therapy, the pain medication every month. The first 8 months of my marriage has not been easy but I thank God for a supportive husband.
I think the worst is having to explain my condition to everyone to understand or even believe me. In 2014, I chose to #EndTheSilence and ensure my story was heard and represent the Kenyan women who suffer in silence. The Endometriosis Foundation of Kenya (EFK) was born through my pain… I say it’s all worth it because one day someone will find a cure and in the process I know many women feel that they are not alone as they read the other stories from the women in our support group.
March is World Endometriosis awareness month. As usual the Endometriosis Foundation of Kenya joins in the global efforts to recognize the 176 million women suffering around the world.
This year we would love to light up the social media platforms and paint it YELLOW. 💛💛💛
Also get your family and friends involved and shared their experience of what it’s been like for them and show their support.”