Hey my loves. It’s been a while hey? Been finding it rather difficult to post here often. However, I’m always active on social media and have been uploading more YouTube videos than blog posts lately so make sure to catch up with me there too 🙂
Onto today’s agenda… I attended such a beautiful event on Wednesday which I knew I had to talk about here on my blog. The event was a media launch for The White Dress Project. This project supports and raises funds to advocate for awareness about fibroids. If this is the first time you’re hearing about fibroids well, lemme educate you. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths of the uterus that often appear during childbearing years, usually after one starts their periods. They may cause heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual periods lasting more than a week, serious pelvic pain, miscarriages and more.
During the event, we got to have conversations with some gynaecologists and a number of people who’ve suffered from the condition including Tanika Gray who is the founder of the campaign. Tanika is a young African American woman who’s been living with fibroids from the age of 15. Her mum suffered from fibroids too and unfortunately lost two sets of twins during her miscarriages. Hearing her story almost moved me to tears. I was really impressed by how positive she was about the condition and her willingness to create awareness and empower women like herself dealing with period problems. She decided to bring the campaign to Africa and what better country to start the movement than in South Africa.
The concept behind The White Dress Project is to empower women with fibroids to feel confident enough to wear white. This is such a deep message as there is such a high chance of soiling your clothes when you have fibroids and are on your periods. This can definitely lower any woman’s confidence.
We also got to learn some interesting facts. First, fibroids actually affect black African women more fiercely than they do Caucasian women and second, they are genetic! Also, can you imagine 1 in 3 women may have fibroids. Many women have uterine fibroids sometime during their lives. But most women don’t know they have uterine fibroids because they often cause no symptoms. However, if you’re experiencing serious cramps, heavy, prolonged and painful periods, spotting or bleeding between your periods and even difficulty with peeing then girl you need to visit a gynaecologist to get checked out! However, know you’re not alone. There’s a big support system out here ready to help you deal with it all.
I have always had bad cramps and I can’t even go through my periods without being on pain killers. Hearing these ladies speak about all their struggles gave me such a sense of relief knowing I was not alone. Funny enough, I almost missed this event due to my painful cramps but last minute decided I ought to suck it up and attend. The photos in this post were taken on the first day of my period last Sunday when my bleeding is heaviest. It really made me feel confident and empowered wearing a pure white dress.
I hope this post helped to educate or inspire any of you. Let me know in the comment section what problems you or a friend have experienced during their periods because sharing stories is caring.
Until next time