Endometriosis is a disorder in which the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) grows in other places in the body, leading to potentially debilitating chronic pain. It is estimated that 10% of those with uteruses in their reproductive years are affected by endometriosis.
Zia manages to be one of the loveliest people I know while regularly coping with all kinds of crap the rest of us can only imagine, not helped by those uneducated, inexperienced onlookers who so helpfully point out that she doesn’t look sick, and that they understand because they get cramps too. There are some people who can’t have a bad day without taking it out on other people, but Zia deals with severe pain on a daily basis while being incredibly kind and supportive to everyone around her
except Rickon Stark.
March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month, (see? it’s official and everything!) so I’d like to take this opportunity to give my followers (all 12 of you, including Zia) some information, and remind you that as pure as your intentions may be, there are certain things not to say to people with chronic illnesses.
You can learn more about endometriosis here or here or here or here. Or follow Zia at livingwithendo.tumblr.com and read along as she copes with endometriosis one fruit cup at a time.