|In the car getting ready to go!|
We waited in the building above the parking garage to hear from them. I did an awesome job, if I do say so myself, of not freaking out on anyone about missing the symposium (okay maybe I did just an okay job of this...). When we finally got a hold of Angela they had parked a few miles away. We attempted to figure out how to get to them and then to the National Mall where the march was being held. IT. WAS. FREEZING! I guess it wouldn't have been so horrible if the wind wasn't so strong. We had to stop in a local souvenir shop to pick up hats and scarves because we were not expecting it to be SO cold.
At 12pm, we FINALLY made it to where the Call to Action Ceremony was taking place. So, we were 3 hours behind, but all of a sudden none of it mattered, because in front of me was a sea of people in yellow, who were all there to support the same cause. It's a month later and I'm still tearing up thinking about it.
We sat there and listened to amazing stories and testimonies from these strong, incredible women. Many, of whom, brought me to tears. As I listened to all of their stories, the one thing that stood out for me was the feeling of 'I am NOT alone!' We all heard from doctors who told us, this is NOT normal, you should NOT have to live like this, WE want to HELP you. You read that right, Doctor's who want to help. I didn't realize how little faith I truly had in all the doctors I have seen until I heard these men and women speak.
After many inspiring speeches, it was time to get on our feet and dance to Sheryl Crow's amazing and uplifting music. She was incredible and gave us that extra needed energy, after sitting in the cold, to get up and march for ourselves, fellow, and future Endo sisters.
It was a crazy amazing whirl-wind of a day and I was so sad to see it end. I didn't want to go back to the hotel, knowing I was going home the next day. Still, I knew as soon as I got home, I would be planning on how to be apart of this again next year. Thank you to everyone who made this happen, to everyone who made it or tried to, who walked or strolled, to those who have this disease and those who support us. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Since it was just posted I'll share it here: If you would like to watch the Endo March you can right here.
Can't wait to see you all next year! June 13th here we come!