The transition into womanhood is glorified to be this magical experience. The moment when you transition from a girl to a woman, is when you put aside the Barbie dolls and pick up a weekly planner. Getting your period, is supposed to be this empowering moment where a girl is now ready to take on all that life has to offer.
For some women, this “magical experience” is the birth of what will become years of pain, suffering and disempowerment. It’s quite sad. It’s even more sad because woman’s reproductive health is something that isn’t actually a regular conversation.
Endometriosis is one of the chronic illnesses that effect women’s reproductive health. 1 in 10 women are affected by Endo and within those women, black women are 50% less likely to get diagnosed for their Endometriosis. Partly because of the cost, mostly because we, as black women, just simply are heard.
The past month my reproductive health has been a traumatic experience. In and out of ER’s, invasive (painful) exams and fighting – screaming to be heard. To be listened to. In the medical system today, no matter how loud we yell, our voice – as black women, only gets translated to a whisper. To get a diagnoses or get treated for our symptoms is an ongoing battle. It’s an uphill climb.
Fortunately for us, there is power in numbers. There is power in our voices and the voices of other women and men. When we come together, magical things happen. Maybe it’ll even make space for the magic that was promised to us as little girls.
Join me Sunday, October 4th at 2p for a Self Care Sunday Flow*. We’ll move slow and with great care for our bodies. To begin to be perceptive to what our bodies are trying to tell us. Let’s get back into our skin and claim our bodies as our own. Whether you’re an Endo woman or a voice for one – let’s support one another and let our voices be heard.
*This is a donation based class! So come as you are and let’s start to make wellness more accessible for BIPOC.