Shades of Swagger # 86 | Undercover, Man in Niger. Photo by Georg Gerster for National Geographic, 1979
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month!
Endometriosis is a disease that effects more people than breast cancer, but most people aren’t even aware of what it is - I certainly was not until I was diagnosed with it last year. Endometriosis is a chronic gynecological illness that causes cells from the endometrium to grow in other areas of the body, causing indescribable pain, irregular bleeding, chronic fatigue, infertility, and the distortion and adhesion of internal abdominal organs to one another.
There isn’t a cure for endometriosis as it stands now. Laparoscopic surgery is used to destroy the endometrial implants, but the recurrence rate of endometriosis after surgery is 40%. Doctors will usually urge patients to use over the counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen for pain management, which isn’t really effective for most sufferers.
Please reblog this to spread awareness, and if you know someone who is dealing with this disease, show them support!
The fashionable former First Lady of Nigeria, Victoria Gowon in her “oleku” styled iro and buba outfit at the state banquet in buckingham palace in 1973. She stands along side Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philips…looking dapper as usual, and former Nigeria’s head of state, Yakubu Gowon.
Christopher Alexander Sapara Williams (July 14 1855– March 15 1915) was the first indigenous Nigerian lawyer, called to the English bar. He also played a prominent political part during Nigeria’s colonial days.