Meet Kristin - Head of Design
Who am I? That is a question I've asked myself a lot the past two years! And when I was asked to write this snippet about myself I've felt completely unsure of how to answer it!
If you'd asked me over 2 years ago I would have described myself as an outgoing, overachieving, overly positive go-getter and jack of all trades. And maybe that is still true, but something happened to me that put my career projection and life trajectory to an abrupt halt.
In the beginning of 2018, a day into my full time position at my dream job, I was struck by an incredible and unforgiving pain in the stomach. A pain that I knew very well, yet had never known as intensely before. This pain, that I knew as my period coming for its monthly horror-show, did not want to let up. It just increased in ferocity and left me crying and screaming in pain day in and day out, alone at home for a week, until i finally sought emergency care at my local hospital. Long story short, a month later I was diagnosed with endometriosis.
I thought that would be that, I would receive the care I needed and then could get back to my life as normal. Except, that's not at all what has happened. The pain never actually left, I fight it every day with painkillers, strict routines, and rest. The care I receive is far from sufficient, so the pain persisted and I became an afterthought to the disease that has been traversing my body. I wanted to rebel, to scream and shout, to protest this injustice; so I started a blog and started being very vocal about my journey because I felt I needed to stand up, not only for myself, but for all of those who suffer in silence. Then almost a year later, after I lost my job, my ability to work, and had added several new symptoms and syndrome onto my aching body, Endometrix and I found each-other!
They have welcomed me and my competence with open arms, and its amazing to be able to work with what I love. To design solutions and continue to do research into a field that I am so vividly passionate about.
That's why I do what I do now! I get to work with Endometrix, to really make a difference in endometriosis care, it feels important and amazing. I can work to improve not only my own life but maybe every single person affected by endometriosis, it gives me hope! So yeah, I am an overachieving, outgoing, overlypositive, go-getting jack of all trades, who happen to have endometriosis. And I will make it my mission to change the game for all of the endo-spoonies out there, any way I can!