We go through so many trials and tribulations because we are fighting not only against endo, but against a system of misinformation, dismissive doctors, and lack of access to expert care...all while battling the fatigue, pain, doubt, nausea, ignorant comments, endomyths, & more.

Para leerlo en español, clic aquí.

Welcome to In Sixteen Years.

This is a website and podcast devoted to endometriosis education, support, and advocacy.

The standard of care for endometriosis is disgraceful.

Especially for a disease that affects 200 million people worldwide. More people suffer from endometriosis than Alzheimer’s, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Parkinson’s Disease combined – yet most of the general population has never heard of endometriosis. This is not okay!

We need a cure. We need recognition. We need to go to the doctor and be taken seriously when we say we are terrified to get our periods because of the crushing pain that it brings. We need funding for endometriosis research – research that isn’t focused on proving the outdated theory of retrograde menstruation. We need education in schools and even among doctors that period pain is not normal, painful sex is not normal, and painful bowel movements are not normal. Gastrointestinal doctors should be trained further investigate into symptoms that appear to be IBS in people assigned female at birth, especially if symptoms flare around the menstrual cycle. Emergency room doctors should understand that excruciating pelvic pain, especially on one’s period, can be caused by endometriosis and inform the patient that it could be a reason for their pain.

It shouldn’t take 10+ years to be diagnosed with such a common disease.

And once diagnosed, we deserve to have access to multidisciplinary treatment that takes a full body approach: that includes our diet, sleep, lifestyle, mental health, hormonal health, intestinal health, excision surgery, pain medications, and more. Instead of what we have now: pervasive myths, uninformed doctors, lack of access to expert care, and lack of informed consent.

Not only do endometriosis patients grapple with chronic (and often debilitating) pain that ravages our lives, often affecting our relationships, our careers, and our mental well-being, but we face dismissal and lack of education from the very medical professionals who we are supposed to turn to for help. The psychological impact on us is double. We are weighed down by the debilitating symptoms and lack of treatment, and weighed down again by being told that it isn’t real and that we should see a psychologist for what these medical professionals perceive as “anxiety.”

Many of us with endometriosis begin having symptoms from 9, 10, 12 years old.

It’s heartbreaking to me that from such a young age, we go through so many trials and tribulations because we are fighting not only against endometriosis, but against a system of misinformation, dismissive doctors, lack of access to expert care, all while battling the pain, fatigue, nausea, doubt, and more.

The endometriosis community is an incredible group of people, and we will keep advocating so that future generations don’t have to suffer as we have.

About my advocacy

I hope my content can help inspire you, educate you, empower you, validate you, and help you feel supported.

I pride myself on having well-researched, evidence-based information on endometriosis. If you believe you’ve found misinformation on any of my pages, please contact me!

Explore the menu to find:

  • Accurate, educational information on endometriosis, and how to treat/manage it from a full body approach.

  • My podcast on endometriosis, which has over 100 episodes: laugh, cry, and shout with me and my guests about endometriosis.

  • My book, which is an exploration of finding peace with this illness, and includes self-guided journaling prompts.

  • Spanish translations of almost all pages on my website.

  • A second podcast I host in Spanish on endometriosis.

Para leerlo en español, clic aquí.

Important note on being inclusive

Endometriosis affects people of all genders and sexes. I welcome all people of all gender identities and expressions here. Including all people with endometriosis in conversations about the disease is vital because it’s important to have a safe and inclusive space when talking about endometriosis, which can help people feel seen as well as access medical care.

My content is educational information only and not medical advice.

Remember, the information on my website, podcast, Instagram, and any other ways I communicate and/or produce content is educational information only and not medical advice. Always check with your qualified medical professional before making any changes to your treatment plan for endometriosis or any other health problems. See my full disclaimer here.

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123. Surgeon Interview: Bowel Endometriosis and Disease Mapping with Dr. Ramiro Cabrera

Today I speak with Dr Cabrera about: -how bowel endometriosis can be safely excised with very low complication rates and isn’t “too risky” to remove when in expert hands...

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122. Rebuilding Our Lives with Endometriosis

Amy and Brittany talk about: -the difficulties of adjusting to a new, unwanted reality as illness impacts every aspect of our lives. -finding ourselves again, finding joy again, finding...

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121. Surgeon Interview: Excision Surgery Considerations with Dr. John Dulemba

Today I’m speaking with Dr. John Dulemba about: -How surgeons need to understand the limitations of their skills if they don’t have a lot of experience yet. -How colostomy...

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120: Interview: Bias in Healthcare with Patient and Practitioner Kimether Redmon

Today I’m speaking with Kimether Redmon about: -Trauma-informed medical care. -Some biases a person may face in the medical setting. -Personal biases that Kimether has faced. Who is Kimether...

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119: Interview: Advocating for Ourselves with Patient and Practitioner Kimether Redmon

Today I’m speaking with Kimether Redmon about: -Tips to improve our medical appointments -How to maximize the short amount of time we have with the practitioner. -How to be...

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118: Interview: Endo Standard of Care with Dr. Shilpa Rao of India

Today we speak with Dr. Shilpa Rao, who is a dentist by profession and an endo crusader by passion. Shilpa has a YouTube channel called The Endometriosis Crusader in...

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