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Endometriosis Research Study Newsletter  |  Summer 2014

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Meet LaQuanda Hart, South Carolina resident, endometriosis advocate and possessor of a heart made of gold. LaQuanda does not let her 18-year battle with endometriosis hold her back; rather, it is her call to arms to help fellow sufferers. LaQuanda’s good works extend beyond her community involvement.  LaQuanda is waging war, taking her role as an endometriosis advocate one step higher. 


Even though endometriosis affects more than 176 million women worldwide, there is incredibly little national support for women with this disease.  Women may still wait a decade or more for a diagnosis. The general public has a limited understanding of this disease, or no knowledge whatsoever. LaQuanda needed to spotlight endometriosis to draw public attention. The exposure would start a much-needed discussion and eventually achieve widespread appreciation for the burden that many women contend with. Knowing this, LaQuanda developed a strategy that is sure to increase public awareness. Together with the help of South Carolina Senator Bradley Hutto, LaQuanda worked to draft a bill to declare March as Endometriosis Awareness Month. Because of LaQuanda’s perseverance, March 2013 and 2014 were declared Endometriosis Awareness Months in South Carolina. Although it was an exciting victory, those were only the first steps of LaQuanda’s strategic plan. She has since been working to have South Carolina’s legislature make Endometriosis Awareness Month a permanent fixture. As of May 13, 2014, the fruits of LaQuanda’s hard work paid off, as Bill S*983 was passed by the house. As soon as Govenor Haley signs the bill, South Carolina will become the ninth state to recognize March as Endometriosis Awareness Month.  Despite LaQuanda’s long journey to get this bill passed, her work is not over. Now her goal is to get similar legislation adopted in the remaining forty-two states.


LaQuanda is also preparing for next year’s EndoMarch, another part of her strategy to promote endometriosis awareness.  An honored keynote speaker at the 2014 EndoMarch, she encouraged women to be their own voice and to redefine the way they view the term “PAIN.”  She proposes that instead of “PAIN” being a negative term, it can be viewed in a more positive light by utilizing the following acronym: (P)ushing (A)gainst (I)nstant (N)egativity.


LaQuanda believes that having endometriosis has given her purpose. She relishes every opportunity to speak with girls and women in groups or individually regarding their struggles with this disease. Her deep-rooted faith gives her strength to face challenges, to be the powerful voice for those who have been silenced by daunting struggles with this disease. Her desire to help can be summed up with words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his “I Have a Dream” speech.  “The first question that the Priest and Levite asked was, ‘If I stop to help the man, what will happen to me?’  But then the Good Samaritan reverses the question. ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’" LaQuanda is constantly amazed by what women with this disease go through and feels that each one of us has it in our power to help another push beyond their present circumstance.


LaQuanda’s concern for others and her desire to increase the public’s understanding of endometriosis are driving forces in her life. Although endometriosis is daily a painful struggle, she takes her trials and turns them into help for other women and their loved ones, as well as fundamentally improving women’s health, showcasing that LaQuanda Hart does indeed have a heart of gold.


LaQuanda Hart welcomes any opportunity to speak to others about endometriosis and can be contacted by email at Laquandaharte2p@gmail.com, or facebook at https://www.facebook.com/laquanda.hart?fref=ts or by the twitter user name MsQempower2push. Click here to view Bill S*983.                                                                     

Hart of Gold