ENDO Black is created to advocate for African American women and women of color affected by endometriosis. We are here to connect you with women who look just like you and who battle with endometriosis just like you. ENDO Black is a safe space for women, to ask questions, to be encouraged, and to receive advice on how to manage the disorder. It is very important that as women of color, we bring light to endometriosis and how important it is to get help. According to BlackDoctor.org, in African-American women, endometriosis is one of the most common indications for major gynecological surgery and hysterectomy, and is associated with the long hospital stay and high hospital cost.
The goals of ENDO Black:
To create an atmosphere of support because no one should feel alone.
To create endo-sisterly love, true bonds and friendships.
To create opportunities of education on women’s reproductive health in the community.
To create a dialogue around what policies, laws and regulations need to be changed to meet the needs of women affected by endometriosis.
For many women of color, we are taught that it is improper to discuss our menstrual cycle. Reproductive health is seen as a private matter. We want to break the chain of secrecy and silence so that we can reach those who are suffering. Let’s share our stories, experiences, tips and our fears so that we’re able to combat the negative condonation around periods and discussing women’s reproductive health. Will you join our fight?
If you’d like to be an ENDO Black Ambassador, email us at TheENDOBlack@gmail.com TODAY!
We are also excited to work with many organizations to make our mission possible. If you would like to partner, please connect with us by email at TheENDOBlack@gmail.com.
Founder of ENDO Black & Endometriosis Advocate
Lauren R. Kornegay was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Oxon Hill, MD. She attended Morgan State University, in Baltimore, MD where she received her B.A. in Speech Communications. While at Morgan State University, she experienced a series of events which led her to a gynecologist in Baltimore, MD. In meeting her new gynecologist, she would be introduced to a disorder that was unfamiliar to her at the time—endometriosis. Learn more.
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It all started with a lot of pain, that led to passion which then envisioned great purpose.
I can recall countless nights, of my own world of normalcy and a number of days throughout the week after volleyball practice and dance classes to the hospital as a teenager; wondering why or how my body could endure so much pain, but yet receive a concrete answer. There were moments where I grew frustrated and remained silent because the response or expression was taken ever so lightly to someone who didn’t hear the pain through my words or see the discomfort in my grimaces. “Take an Aleve or here’s a script for Ibuprofen, heating pad and go on your way” was how I received my dismissal. Read more.
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