It's Time to Stop Being Polite and Start Getting (Really, Really) Real

I’m SO excited today because Lifetime’s The Conversation is officially live! The site is a multimedia platform (both a TV show and a site) where women can be totally open and honest about a variety of topics. I love the concept and I’m really honored and excited to be a part of it. I always try to be honest in my writing because I appreciate that in other writers, but I feel like this project has encouraged me to bring it to another level.

The first piece I wrote for The Conversation is called Never TMI: How Speaking Up Could Help Your Health.  It’s about my experiences with endometriosis and getting a diagnosis. So many women have endometriosis but either aren’t getting proper treatment or have it and don’t realize they have it. Knowing this has really encouraged me to be open about my own experiences and what I’ve learned through trial and error and months of frustration. I’ve been writing about my endometriosis experiences on my other blog, The Endo Files, for a while but it’s nice to be able to write about it on other forums. I won’t lie, I had at least three mini panic attacks as I wrote my first piece for The Conversation. I’ve never been that explicit about my experiences before, and I was afraid it was just…over the top. But I feel like once you’re 23 it’s okay to be honest about your body, and if someone reads my story, realizes she has similar issues and then decides to take action, then it’s absolutely worth feeling a little…exposed. I think as a general rule, people are too uptight about bodies and health and sexuality. There’s nothing shameful about talking about health issues and what you’re experiencing.  I’m not saying you need to walk around naked all the time, but I think you should embrace who you are and what you have. Once I stopped feeling embarrassed and ashamed about my own health and body, life was much easier and it was easier for me to get treatment for my endometriosis. Just my thoughts though, what do you think?

If you have a second, definitely check out The Conversation. I’m really excited to be a part of it!

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