Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Endometriosis Foundation of America, Vanessa Richardson


I received an email recently from Vanessa Richardson, an author and playwright. She wrote about her desire to bring awareness to Endometriosis and her willingness to do whatever it took. I was only too honored and too glad to be asked to help with her cause. Below, you will find information about Vanessa, The Endometriosis Foundation of America, websites, and additional links and information.
       If, after reading all of the materials, you would like to help Vanessa by sharing her enthusiasm and information on your blog, please leave a comment with your email and I will forward it to her.


From Vanessa Richardson:
00ness.mediumMy name is Vanessa Richardson and I am an author and playwright. It is my desire to bring awareness to Endometriosis, I have thought of some inventive ways to do so. To date, I have written a stage production, based loosely on individuals who have supported me on my journey. I perform stage productions annually around the Christmas Season.  I offer drama classes to young men and women from low social economic backgrounds.  At the end of the year we perform before our community. These classes success rate has proven to be successful! These young people learn social communication skills, as they strengthen their self-esteem levels.  We collect donated food items, warm clothing, and toys for those who are experiencing economic hardships.
This year, I have added another cause, and that is Endometriosis awareness. I was excited when Endometriosis was mentioned at Democratic National Convention. It gave me hope, and inspired me to help also.  It is my passion and goal to donate to The Endometriosis Foundation of America. I have even set up a Kick starter Campaign.  


I have written to actor Tony Grant star of Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married? And “The Marriage Counselor.” Stage productions.  I informed Mr. Grant of my program, and he accepted the invite to be a part of our cast. Our production is slated to be performed on December 22, 2012.


Actor/singer Tony Grant



Guest Post:


If someone asked me to describe Endometriosis in one word it would be: Consistent white hot piercing pain.  Endometriosis is consistent, life interrupting, and hard to manage pain. It is often treated with hormone therapy, such as birth control pills, Lupron, Zoladex and Depo Provera. Some of the side effects of these treatments are: weight gain, constantly fatigue, irritable mood swings and depression.

I’ve created an annual free acting/drama class or session. I describe these sessions as: “I AM,” it's a self-proclamation and reminder, that set goals and aspiration can be obtained in spite of hardships. At the end of the year; group participants get the opportunity to perform live on stage!   I write characters opposite of their true personalities. If they are introverts, I write a character who is not introversive; and if an individual in the group is bold and possesses a great deal of confidence, - they would act out character of someone, who has low self-esteem.

Our meet-ups, literally allow participants to walk in the shoes of others. When joining; they aren't aware, that I write varying characters mirroring member’s personalities. 

These drama classes as proven to be successful.  It provides a sense of faith, family, and friend atmosphere. We also collect nonperishable food items and warm clothing to donate to those who are experiencing economic hardships.

In addition to helping out our youths and the economically challenged. A portion of proceeds will be donated to The Endometriosis Foundation of America ( EndoFound) to further aid in the research for a cure. http://www.endofound.org/Endometriosis.

The Endometriosis Foundation of America strives to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research. Engaged in a robust campaign to inform both the medical community and the public, the EFA places particular emphasis on the critical importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention while simultaneously providing education to the next generation of medical professionals and their patients.

In 2009, Lakshmi co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America alongside World Renowned Advanced Gynecological Surgeon Tamer Seckin, MD. After suffering from the disease for decades herself, she has been able to make amazing strides with the Foundation such as launching the first interdisciplinary research facility in the country for Gynopathology as a joint project between Harvard Medical School and MIT, where she gave the keynote address at the Center’s opening in December 2009.

 Endometriosis Facts and Statistics
    Most women with endometriosis suffer pain—and present symptoms—up to a full decade prior to diagnosis.

    Approximately 176 million women and girls worldwide suffer from endometriosis; 8.5 million in North America alone.

    Associated costs of the disease are estimated to be a staggering $22 billion annually.

    The average woman is 27 when she is first diagnosed with endometriosis.

    Endometriosis is one of the top three causes of female infertility. While it is one of the most treatable, it remains the least treated.

    Abdominal and bowel symptoms linked to endometriosis are commonly misdiagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

    Endometriosis is often misdiagnosed as Pelvic Congestion or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).

    Many infertile women with endometriosis experienced debilitating painful periods as teenagers but were misdiagnosed.

    Many women suffer silently because they feel that their pain, especially pain associated with sexual intercourse, is just too personal to discuss with their gynecologist. This is more common in some cultures than others.

    Many cases of endometriosis can be successfully treated with Laparoscopic Excision Surgery. Hysterectomy should only ever be considered as a last resort. There is no oral medication to cure endometriosis. Stats taken from Endofound.org. http://www.endofound.org/endometriosis
Donations/proceeds will be sent to:
Endometriosis Foundation of America
872 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10065
212.988.4160.

Here is the thing: Kick starter is a funding platform for creative projects. Every project is independently crafted, put to all-or-nothing funding, and supported by friends, fan
s, and the public in return for rewards. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, donations will be accepted, you are REWARDED. If the project falls short no one is charged. And I am a FAILURE.

Bringing life to these productions can become overwhelmingly bittersweet at times.  

However I knew that giving up is NOT be an option for me. In spite of physical and financial limitations, I still write these annual scripts and meet with my wonderfully small, --yet humbling cast members.  I walk with the faith that our show (s) will/must go on.  I’ve had High School and College students, write me, with heartfelt requests to participate in our performances.
Some couldn’t afford transportation or wardrobe. So, I would meet them at a designated location and rehearse with them, other times, we’d rehearse over the phone. We also, provided make overs and food.  Upon doing this, I felt great humility, that I was able, (although it would financially hurt me), to help others in their need.
What is needed: We want to build a set for “Who’s Loving You?”  We are in need of sound technicians, a set to be built, transportation fees for cast and to distribute donated food and clothing items, to agencies and charities, promotional tools, and large food containers for storage of donated food items and clothing.
Your donation will go towards the following:
1) Administrative fees: marketing, fundraising, financial management<----- This is crucial to productions success rate!!!! Our voices and cause needs to be heard and seen.
2) Space rental for rehearsals and slated performance (s).
3)  Printing of our advertisements tools: Programs, posters, flyers, and postcards.
4) Production filming fees.
5) Building of our set.
So you can see that there is a lot of work that is put into these productions. But, I have great faith! Together you and I can make it work! Let's go get it!
Kickstarter Video for Endometriosis Awareness

The Endometriosis Foundation of America strives to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark Endometriosis research. Engaged in a robust campaign to inform both the medical community and the public, the EFA places particular emphasis on the critical importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention while simultaneously providing education to the next generation of medical professionals and their patients. 

In 2009, Lakshmi co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America alongside World Renowned Advanced Gynecological Surgeon Tamer Seckin, MD. After suffering from the disease for decades herself, she has been able to make amazing strides with the Foundation such as launching the first interdisciplinary research facility in the country for Gynopathology as a joint project between Harvard Medical School and MIT, where she gave the keynote address at the Center’s opening in December 2009.


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2 comments:

  1. Useful information ..I am very happy to read this article..thanks for giving us this useful information. Fantastic walk-through. I appreciate this post.

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  2. Thank you, Donna for sharing my causes. You are appreciated!

    Thank you, hgh for reading and commenting. Please feel free to share. Regards, Vanessa

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