Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Just take the time to read. Its the truth that many others live.

This is my story
In 2005, i was only 14. I was tired of having a period since i never knew when i would start, it was never regular. I decided to try the Depot-provara. The first month was fine. The next month things got worse. I felt like i was dieing. I was so scared. I went to a doctor at South uni here in Mobile. She didnt think any thing was wrong, a nurse that was there mentioned a very odd word, "endo", the doctor replied that it was impossible because only women in their 40's can have endo. She started asking me questions like "Have you or any one you know been sexually abused?", I couldnt believe it. Nothing has every happened to me like that. I was so mad. I left that doctors office and i have not been back since.

I tried toughing it out for another month, then i went to a womens & childrens clinic on springhill. My doctor like normal was not there, ( i swear it seems like she has popped out 20 babies, she is always gone because she is pregnant), so i saw a nurse. She did the exam, took a swap, and she never said any thing, but every thing was fine. She sat the swap on a tray next to me, walked out. Later her and another nurse walked in, they had 2 syringes. They made me sit on the table with my pants down a little to inject the shots in to my tights. I kept asking what was wrong, what are the shots for. She never told me she just said that i will be better soon, the shots will help me get better. She kept blowing my questions of, never answering them. I know she never sent my swap to the lab since it was next to me still. She gave me a prescription to get filled. Once i picked it up i read the info on it and it was for an STD. I remember being so sick and in so much pain.

After a few weeks my original symptoms never went away. I say another doctor, went through more crap. I finally found a doctor they knew just by my symptoms what i had. But what i didnt know what that word "endometeiosis" was going to be my nightmare. Once he told me i would have to have surgery, i broke down inside. When i was younger i never had surgery, never went to the ER, never had stitches, and never been in the hospital for my self. I did go to the doctor alot growing up, i was always sick, never knew why. After my surgery i thought thinks would be better. Turns out it was just beginning.

Since i was and am always in pain i could never really go to school, i had to drop out. After a little while i lost my friends since i couldnt hang out much. I am only left with a few friends now. I know this disease has robbed me of my teenage life. I never went to high school, never been to a dance at my school, and never went to prom. I had 2 boy friends i lost them too because of the endo. I have been single for 3 years now. Only one of my friends comes to see me. I have lost every thing people enjoy looking back on. I will grow up with only bad memories. I didint see this happening when i was growing up.

Even worse i have been told i have less then a year to have kids, or i wont be able to. I am still left in pain daily. I am not able to work, my only income is my jewelry, but i dont make much. I am happy with making enough money to donate to the ERC, to help with research for endometriosis. I know there will never be a cure while im still alive but i just want there to be a cure. I want millions of women to stop suffering. I want things to change. Life is not suppose to be this way. Now one deserves this.

I have watch the world live their life, happy, healthy, safe, and most of all painfree. I see teens having fun with their friends. I have seen lovers who have never thought things would ever change. I have even seen many take advantage of what they are given. There are people who think the worst thing that couls happen to them is their mom and dad will take their iPod away. There are so many people who die and never see the suffering. I dont understand how people can care about senseless stuff like perfect their eyeliner is, but they wont care about women who have lost so much to a screwed up disease. I know i will never be like every one else in this world. This world will be hell for me, nothing more. I dont know what our creator's plan was for me, maybe im just a game, see how much a women can be pushed to the edge with out falling. I cant take much more. I would say, "things couldnt get worse.", but i know thats a lie. It will keep getting worse. And i cant stop it.

Only millions of people can change this. But even if it was changed we would still be left with the memory of living life in pain and on edge. My story is noting compared to others. There are worse, more horrible, sad stories. You just have to open your mind to find them and listen, maybe then we will get the help we deserve.

--Gina Williams 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Haggle time!!

ONE DAY ONLY Ends at midnight
Go to OurSilverLining.etsy.com find an item you want to buy. Pick a price that you will pay and email me the link for the item and the price you picked at OSLJewelry@aol.com . If i like your price for that item you can buy it for that price, if i dont like your price we will haggle. You can pick more then one item to haggle over. The prices have NOT been changed just for the haggles. They are the same prices as they were last week. So check out the items. You can also haggle over items at Fireflydreams.etsy.com just email me for Firefly Dreams.

So lets start haggling.

Friday, July 10, 2009

This is from one of my Endo Sisters. Please sign the petiton. thanks

I have signed, we need 10,000 signatures. Please sign.

Please help ME by signing this petition to get Endometriosis on Oprah.
This is not a hoax or a standard email forward. I am sending this to you because I have this disease and it is taking over my life. At 30 years old I have been in pain every single day and I just had my 6th surgery since being diagnosed with Endometriosis on February 5th, 2008.
I'd really appreciate it if you could take the time to click the link below and sign this petition. It will only take 1 minute of your time. Every day millions of women struggle with this disease, either with constant chronic pelvic pain, infertility, or both. It effects more woman than breast cancer but most people don't talk about it. Chances are you know someone with this disease (like me) and you may not even know it.
There's only 200 signatures and 10,000 are needed. Since this is a woman's only disease it does not get the attention it should. We need help spreading awareness in hopes to someday find a cause and a cure to this life long debilitating disease. Your help is greatly appreciated.

P.S. It's extra appreciated if you can help me spread the word. Please forward this email to others you believe would be willing to help me out.
Thanks so much

Danielle McDowell

Our Silver Lining - Home

I just created this website. Im still working on it but tell me what you think.

Our Silver Lining - Home

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Not as easy as i thought.

I'm still trying to reach the $100 goal, only $65 has been donated, all we need is $35. It doesn't seem like much to raise, but it really is. Sells are low, i don't know how to bring them up. Im just hoping this idea for Endometriosis awareness jewelry wont back fire on me, i don't want to walk in to this thinking i can do this and help change many life of Endometriosis sufferers and then walk out knowing i have failed. I have been putting in all my time and what little money i did have trying to get every thing started. I have made i promise that i wont buy any more supplies until i make a sell. I was thinking months ago when i set up my Etsy account that i would make a lot of sales and make a lot of donations, well its not as easy as i thought it would be. I have failed in a lot of things in my life, i really don't want this to be one of those things. A few weeks ago i reached the $50 goal, only $15 was from orders, a $50 was given to me by my dad to donate. That is how $65 is now the total. i already feel like I'm failing.

The reason i have wrote this blog, is so people can understand how much this means to me, I'm not doing to to make more sells, I'm doing to be seen and to have millions of voices heard. We need the help. I know many women with this disease has claimed there own life because they couldn't take the pain any more, and many more women have died from an accidental overdose trying to erase the pain. I have even heard about a girl having such a hard time with Endometriosis that she is laying in the hospital with a feeding tube because she can no longer eat on her own. this is such a horrible disease, but no one wants to see it that way. We cant hide for ever. I am one of many trying to have out cries heard.

You don't have to buy any thing just help spread the word. Here is a link to find out more about Endometriosis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endometriosis

Thank you for listening to this one voice.

Monday, July 6, 2009


Here is a code to get 25% off. I think i mentioned this code when i was talking about the extended sale. the sale is the same as last weeks. free shipping, free gift, and a discount card. the discount card is good to use until i change the code, every one will find the code in a new note, the code will out last the sale. All you have to do is during check out enter the code, this code is some what like a rebate. I will refund your money once i review your order. Also if you want you can make the 25% off go towards donation. All you have to do for to have it donated is enter the code then say you want it donated. you will not receive the money from the code it will be donated. Or if you want you can get have and donate half by saying 1/2 & 1/2 . This code is only good for item orders, which means if you also bought a donation the code will not cover it it will cove every thing else but the donation. so here is the code: BLOGSPOT .if you have any questions contact me here or at OSLJewelry@aol.com

thanks Gina

Saturday, July 4, 2009

My first post. :)

Well Im starting to use many of the social sites my friend use. I hope this will help spread the word about my jewelry and Endometrosis. I just joined flickr. And not to long ago i joined Facebook. With this blog i will tell about updated, endo info, jewelry info, and just little tid bits that i can think of. Also i am going to list all my links, if i get new links i will post them in new blogs along with the older links. So thank you for your support. I hope i can truly make a difference in the world about endo, maybe one day we can find the cause and a cure. Now i will start off will a little info on the endo jewelry that is called Our Silver Lining. Links are at the bottom.

So far,$65 has been donated to the ERC. OSL's goal right now is to donate $100.

Our Silver Lining is jewelry for Endometriosis awareness. Percentages of the profits will be donated to the Endometriosis Research Center (ERC @ www.EndoCenter.org), OSL is listed on the ERC's home page under the news section.5.5 Million women in the US have Endometriosis, but that does not count women who dont know they have it.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue, the tissue that lines the uterus and is shed during menstruation, grows outside of the uterus on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, ligaments supporting the uterus, and other areas in the pelvic cavity. Endometriosis can also appear in a woman's bladder, bowel, vagina, or other places in her body. Endometriosis is the third leading cause of infertility in women of all ages. This disease is also VERY painful. Women with endometriosis suffer through surgeries, treatments that dont help, and even lose jobs, friends, and family since some times with the pain, surgeries and so on it will cause the women to be disabled from many normal every day things.
For more detailed information please go to: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endometriosis

My Links
Our Silver Lining's Etsy shop
Firefly Dreams's Etsy shop (yes, i have to shops this one is non endo)
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