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Activist Launches Campaign to Encourage Women to Freeze their Eggs

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After an open letter to her younger self was read by thousands of women worldwide, a journalist with severe endometriosis, suffered a termination for medical reasons at 20 weeks, during the height of covid restrictions, has launched a campaign urging women to freeze their eggs.

It’s a subject which is now in vogue – literally!

The current issue of UK Vogue references a detailed article on egg freezing, and several female celebrities have talked about putting their eggs on ice for the future. Actress Emma Roberts has frozen her eggs because of her endometriosis diagnosis, and Paris Hilton, Chrissy Teigan, Kim Kardashian and Amy Schumer have all been open about undergoing the procedure.

“It seems the best way to help women with endometriosis, as it gives sufferers a better chance to have children long term” says Emma, who is urging medical professionals to give out this advice.

“The condition often affects women’s chances of having a baby because the longer they leave it the more the quality of their eggs can deteriorate”.

Many women are now choosing egg freezing because they are using IVF to get pregnant in their late 30’s and early 40’s, however this can be far too late for some women with endometriosis – a debilitating condition that affects around 1 in 10 women.

Cells similar to the ones lining the womb grow elsewhere in the body, usually within the pelvic cavity. Then each month these cells react to the menstrual cycle by building up and breaking down causing bleeding. This leads to inflammation and pain and the formation of scar tissue.

“The average woman waits around 8 years for diagnosis and by the time endometriosis sufferers are ready to have children, their fertility can be seriously compromised” says Emma.

Endometriosis is also under the spotlight as a new storyline for character Ruby Allen in UK soap opera Eastenders. It’s revealed the condition to a new generation of women who knew very little about it, and is now a topic for national discussion during endometriosis awareness month in March.

The character is played by actress Louisa Lytton, who receives the devastating news that she may have endometriosis, and fears for her fertility.

It’s a situation which inspired journalist, Emma Kemsley to write her powerful story entitled: “The Storm Ahead – a Letter to my 19 Year Old Self” on the website Best Fertility Now.

The letter contains a shocking level of detail about the challenges her younger self would experience with endo; including being shamed by a sexist boss, vomiting and blacking out from the pain at work, and having only one of her ovaries functioning due to endometriosis adhesions.

The letter struck a chord with “Endo Warriors” around the world, and she has been overwhelmed with comments and messages about the impact of her advice to women to advocate for themselves in medical situations, and for sufferers to freeze their eggs.

While endometriosis and egg-freezing are becoming more visible, attitudes are slow to change. Many critics of the way that endometriosis and fertility in general are handled by the medical profession, claim that sexism is at the root of many of the issues.

Emma says: “Because the symptoms of endo tend to coincide with your cycle, it gets written off as a bad period. Many women have been accused of exaggerating their pain, and even imagining their illness.

You can’t deal with the poor way that endo has been handled for many years, without dealing with the sexism that’s at the heart of it. I feel like we’re ready to have this conversation now, which is amazing.”

A UK GP hit BBC headlines recently, criticised for telling a woman in her early 20’s to get pregnant to ease her endometriosis symptoms. Emma says:
“This is not acceptable. Nobody should feel like they need to have a baby to ease the symptoms of an illness that should be treated with surgery.

No woman should regret not freezing her eggs for the future, because she simply didn’t know that was an option, or because she’s waited so long for treatment. When I wrote the letter I wasn’t advising women to freeze their eggs, I was just talking about how I wish that I had done it as soon as I got my diagnosis. But I got women messaging me and leaving comments saying that they had been inspired to freeze their eggs, and I decided to start campaigning for awareness of this option.”

 

About Emma

Emma Kemsley is a journalist from Essex, who has stage 4 endometriosis. She is also an activist, who campaigns for endometriosis and fertility issue awareness. 

Emma’s column “Emma Vs Endo” is available on the Best Fertility Now website.

Emma experienced a devastating TFMR or ‘termination for medical reasons’ in May 2020 when her baby was 20 weeks old. 

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TOP 30 Finalist Moving to Phase II of The National Black Business Pitch Competition

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The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) is a virtual competition designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations who are looking to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services.

These thirty businesses have advanced to the final competition and the opportunity to win cash prizes of up to $10,000. The final competition will consist of a 2-day live virtual event, August 17 & 18, 2021, where the business owner will Pitch his or her business to multiply corporations from across the United States.

Learn more at https://nationalblackbusinesspitch.com/

If your corporation desires to do business with Black-owned, founded, or controlled businesses throughout the United States, you too want to get in on the action. Become a sponsor today and join forces with other corporations like  The Walt Disney Company, Honda, AT&T, SRP, & Delta and support the NBBP. You may also register to view the live competition at https://wbecwest.virtualfusions.com/e/national-black-business-pitch/register/.

Follow us on Facebook and join WBEC-West LIVE on Facebook, August 30th to hear the winners of the NBBP (The National Black Business Pitch).  

Reach out and contact us. www.wbec-west.org

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PROGRAM 15 Announces Collaboration with Southern Nevada Preparatory Athletics For New Balance Future Stars Series Amateur Player Development Events

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PROGRAM 15 and New Balance Baseball continue their unwavering commitment to change the game of baseball, announcing their collaboration with Southern Nevada Preparatory Athletics.

In partnership with Southern Nevada Preps, the New Balance Future Stars Series will identify teams and players across the country to compete in fall tournaments throughout Las Vegas, Arizona, Southern California, Northern California, and the Northwest.

During the fall regional tournaments, elite players will be identified by PROGRAM 15’s National Staff of former Major League Players, Coaches, and Scouts to participate in fall signature events this year. Teams from surrounding states will participate in 4 age groups (17/18U, 16U, 15U, 14U) with a 3-game minimum using NHSF Rules.

Southern Nevada Preps will operate tournament events in conjunction with the New Balance Future Stars Series brand in beginning with The Las Vegas Fall Super Regional, which kicks off September 10th with games played at college and high school fields located in the Henderson, Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada area.

Jeremy Booth, PROGRAM 15 Founder, CEO and President of Baseball Operations for The New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series said, “Robert and SNP are professionals. You can feel the energy from the minute he speaks and it’s contagious. We’re looking forward to the relationship and growing together for players on the West Coast for years to come.”

Since its inception in 2016, The New Balance Future Stars Series has impacted over 15,000 athletes all over the world. As the Official Global Grassroots Player Identification and Development Program for New Balance Baseball, PROGRAM 15 is backed by decades of Pro Baseball Scouting experience. Their highly-skilled scouting staff provides amateur players in-depth and credible evaluations they can trust because they are the same credible evaluations that are trusted by Major League scouts and college coaches across the country.

For more information on The New Balance Future Stars Series Las Vegas Fall Super Regional as well as other events visit https://FutureStarsSeries.com

ABOUT SOUTHERN NEVADA PREPARATORY ATHLETICS:
Southern Nevada Preparatory Athletics aims to bring quality baseball league play and tournaments to the Southern Nevada region. SN Preps events provide exceptional competition and positive exposure. To learn more visit https://www.snpreps.com

ABOUT PROGRAM 15:
PROGRAM 15 boasts a faculty and staff that includes multiple Major League All-Stars and World Series veterans responsible for executing the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series, an initiative between the two organizations to elevate the game of baseball by providing amateur players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches. For more information on PROGRAM 15 and the Future Stars Series, visit www.futurestarsseries.com or @program15bb and @ftrstarsseries on Twitter.

ABOUT NEW BALANCE:
New Balance Athletics, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. Manufactured in the U.S. for more than 75 years and representing a limited portion of our U.S. sales, New Balance MADE U.S. is a premium collection that contains a domestic value of 70% or greater. New Balance owns and operates four factories in New England and one in Flimby, U.K. New Balance employs more than 7,000 associates around the globe and in 2020 reported worldwide sales of $3.3 billion. To learn more about New Balance, please visit www.newbalance.com and for the latest press information please visit https://newbalance.newsmarket.com.

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Resolute Media CEO Announces Brisbane THRIVE Initiative for Local Businesses

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Resolute Media CEO, Brian Richards, has revealed a new initiative for local Brisbane, Queensland businesses, to be launched officially in the first week of September, 2021.

Called the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative, this project will seek to assist local South East Queensland businesses in Australia, especially those who are continuing to feel the impact of the pandemic.

“Business is a challenge for smaller operations at the best of times,” said Richards, “Given the additional hurdles continuing to be faced, we want to make the best traffic, training and tools we have available to interested Brisbane businesses.”

Richards has decades of experience in employing digital technologies to support business outcomes. He is keen to provide more immediate, practical, evidence-based support for the small business sector.

Resolute Media has already begun work on the infrastructure and systems needed to start rolling out the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative from early September through to the end of 2021 and potentially ongoing, depending on the feedback and outcomes experienced.

“We have always believed in leading with value,” Richards explained, “That has meant creating results in advance for clients wherever possible. We have now expanded and formalised that long-held business philosophy in our new credo of Proof Over Promises.”

Richards asserts that Proof Over Promises principles will underpin all aspects of the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative. This means that local business owners will be afforded numerous weekly opportunities to test out for themselves a broad range of cutting edge marketing technologies, at no cost and with no obligations. A number of these resources are proprietary and exclusive to Resolute Media, who will fund the initial availability of these assets.

The marketing systems firm will also provide comprehensive training, tools and traffic options on a complimentary basis from September onwards. It is devoting August to setting up structures, preliminary testing and seeking feedback from interested parties.

Those parties will include local Brisbane charities and groups, who have also been severely impacted by the pandemic. Resolute Media will be looking for opportunities to support these non-profits in a number of projects under consideration for this year.

Further information can be obtained by emailing [email protected] A dedicated website and social media presence are also being created to provide regular updates leading up to the launch of the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative in early September, 2021.

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