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The Nezhat Family Foundation (NFF) is dedicated to supporting educational initiatives to raise awareness about endometriosis and other disabling conditions affecting women and girls.
Toward this end, the NFF is sponsoring the first ever Worldwide Endo March (Million Women March For Endometriosis), scheduled to occur on March 13, 2014, in nearly 60 cities around the world, including in Washington, D.C.
For thousands of years the excruciating pain associated with endometriosis has been viewed as normal by medical doctors and society alike. As a result, women and girls are suffering unnecessarily for up to 10 years on average, before receiving the appropriate medical care. Pre-teens and teenage girls are especially susceptible to misdiagnoses. Without the proper medical care, endometriosis, which is a cancer-like disease, can metastasize throughout essentially the entire body, potentially causing irreversible organ damage where ever it goes. Because there is no cure, endometrioisis often grows back, which requires that women undergo multiple painful surgeries to reconstruct damaged organs and remove the ever-spreading endometriotic tumors.
Because of the widespread misunderstanding about endometriosis, the NFF felt the only way to end this centuries-long saga of unnecessary suffering was to organize a worldwide awareness campaign to tell the world that endometriosis is a serious disease with severe medical consequences if left untreated.
- Barbara Page
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