Tonight I attended a pretty kick-ass event in Houston, a rooftop yoga fundraiser for non-profit, Peach Outreach, focused on raising awareness and funds for uterine cancer research. How am I connected to uterine cancer you ask? It’s simple. I have a uterus AND 50 percent of the people I know have one, too. With a focus on raising awareness about uterine cancer, the event used yoga as a way to break down the barriers of having tough, uncomfortable conversations about the disease.
What really impressed me about It’s All About U was how the yoga community, not just here here in Houston, but nationally came together to support Peach Outreach and its founder, Marcy Kurtz. Door prizes were donated from organizations from running groups and yoga studios to an anonymous uterine cancer survivor. The yoga class itself, was co-taught by some of the most inspiring and empowering Baptiste yoga teachers–Nancy Sheridan Perry (co-owner of BIG Power Yoga), Roger Rippy (co-owner of YogaOne), Bethany Lyons (founder of Lyons Den Power Yoga in NYC), and Marcy Kurtz (founder of Peach Outreach). The result was a super fun and empowering yoga practice with views of downtown Houston and gentle breezes that helped keep the sweatiness to a minimum!
Seeing the community join together in support of a common cause, above the skyline of Houston was to sum it up in one word, inspirational.
If you’re experiencing any of the following warning signs, go get checked out and keep educating other women about these symptoms. It may not be easy to talk about, but awareness can be prevention.
- Abnormal bleeding–including bleeding that occurs after menopause, or bleeding that occurs between periods
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Pain in your pelvic area
- A mass in your pelvic area
To learn more about how you can support uterine cancer awareness and research, visit Peach Outreach.