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Gender, Race, and Relationships (And Endometriosis): Lauren Kornegay
“I never recommend advocacy for anybody who is not focused on themselves first. Because it is not an easy process. It is very overwhelming sometimes and you have to make sure that you are helping yourself because how are you going to help someone else if you aren’t helping yourself?” – Lauren Kornegay
Eva was joined this week by Lauren Kornegay. A native of Oxon Hill, MD, Lauren R. Kornegay is the Founder and Executive Director of Endo Black, Inc. Diagnosed with endometriosis at the age of 20, Lauren experienced the pain, struggles, exhaustion, and confusion accompanying the disorder. In October of 2015, she started her journey and created ENDO Black, a platform designed to connect women of color affected by endometriosis together. In January, Lauren released “Your Personal Journey Log for Endometriosis”, a step-by-step guide on effectively tracking your endometriosis, and launched Your Favorite Endometriosis Coach, where she offers one on one sessions, planning sessions, and group coaching for people affected by endometriosis.
In this episode, Lauren and Eva discuss:
Race and gender struggles for patients in the medical field.
Self advocacy in your medical journey.
The importance of telling your doctor all of the details.
What is Endometriosis? 4:56
Lauren’s story 7:10
Racial stereotypes in the field of healthcare 26:58
The importance of communicating with your doctor 46:59
Tips on advocating 51:16
Website: laurenkornegay.com and endoblack.org
Instagram: @iamlaurenrenee and @endo_black
Additional Interview Questions:
How has your disorder affected your relationships?
Surprisingly, endometriosis has mainly affected my relationships in a positive way. My friends and family members are extremely supportive of me and the struggles I face with endometriosis.
What is your best coping mechanism or health "life hack"?
For me, I believe that my coping mechanism or health “life hack” is monitoring my self-care and learning to say No.
What are your top 3 tips for someone who is undiagnosed but they know that something is “off”?
Top three tips are to get diagnosed, to don’t take no for an answer and to always get a second, or third option is necessary.
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