The Capitol Theatre in Nelson is hosting the showing of Demystifying Endometriosis Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m.
The documentary, "Endo What?", on the facts, treatments, and effects of Endo. Endometriosis, an unrecognized, under-researched, under-funded disease that effects approximately 1 in 10 individuals world-wide with female reproductive organs.
To date there is no proven cause, explanation, or cure for this disease.
Spearheading the showing is 19-year-old Emma Weiland, who was diagnosed with the disease a year ago.
“Personally, I have shown symptoms of Endometriosis since I was 12 years old and and was officially diagnosed when I was 18 years old,” Weiland explained.
“This past year in particular my disease took a morbid turn as I fell so ill I dropped out of university, was only able to get out of bed 4-5 days per month, and was completely debilitated by 24/7 pain.”
Weiland said Endometriosis is a disease when cells that are very similar genetically to the endometrium cells found in the lining of the uterus are found elsewhere in the body.
She said these cells attach themselves most commonly to the cul-de-sac area in the pelvis, but cells have been found on everyorgan in the body except the spleen ( for example: lungs, brain, and bowel).
Furthermore, these Endometriosis cells react similarly to the endometrium cells found in the uterus by inflaming and bleeding each month. Although since these cells are located elsewhere in the body this reaction causes extreme pain, inflammation, and potentially internal bleeding.
“This event is the beginning of a new era for my journey and all of Canada,” Weiland said.
“An era where individuals receive recognition, effective treatments, proper education, resources, and overall respect.”
“This evening I wish to create a safe and educational atmosphere for individuals to come and learn more about Endometriosis and in particular how it has affected my life and continues to effects, others,” Weiland adds.
As well, Weiland said, there will be the introduction and launch of educational organization called “The Endometriosis Organization of Canada.”
Weiland said this organization focuses on educating individuals, high-schools, colleges, universities, and professions that deal with or support Endometriosis. With this in mind we hope that this idea of education will birth many amazing changes in our country, which support our society as a whole.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets can only be purchased through the Capitol Theatre Box Office. Cost is $16 each.