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WHEREAS, the health and well-being of all Virginians is of great importance to the prosperity, happiness, and livelihood of our Commonwealth's families and communities; and
WHEREAS, endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting at least five million women in the United States; and
WHEREAS, endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue releases within the abdominal cavity, often causing significant damage to the reproductive system; and
WHEREAS, although extremely rare, endometriosis can also attach to and damage other vital organs; and
WHEREAS, endometriosis can be characterized by infertility and digestive problems, and chronic pelvic or intestinal pain, which may lead to depression, tiredness, and irritability, and can place a heavy burden on interpersonal relationships and workplace productivity; and
WHEREAS, many women who suffer from endometriosis face misdiagnosis, financial burden, emotional distress, adverse side effects of hormonal treatment therapies, and sometimes numerous surgeries; and
WHEREAS, a group of women from EndoMarch Team Virginia and Virginia HOPE will participate in the 5th annual International March for endometriosis awareness; and
WHEREAS, Endometriosis Awareness Month is an opportunity to garner support for further research of the disease, and increased education about and mindfulness of the symptoms that affect women with endometriosis;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 2018 as Endometriosis Awareness month in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.