Discovering the future of women’s health care

Endometriosis Research Study Newsletter  |    Fall 2014

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In This Issue

It is a privilege to be a part of Juneau Biosciences' team for many reasons,

chief among them the deeper understanding I now have of lives affected

by endometriosis.

The practice of medicine offers numerous rewards, and I have enjoyed all

of my clinical experiences. Following medical school and internship I was a

General Medical Officer on the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in eastern

Utah. I became a great fan of Native American culture. Since all but the elderly

spoke English, I learned only three words in the Ute language:  "Hello," "pain," and "bowel movement." You can get a long way with a limited vocabulary in medicine!

It was "on the Res" that I became interested in women's health care, thanks to a local obstetrician-gynecologist who was kind, wise, and dedicated. Following residency in ob/gyn I was honored to join the University of Utah faculty. I was particularly fortunate to have worked with Drs. Kenneth Ward and Pamela Farrington, the founders of Juneau Biosciences.

As difficult as it was to leave the excitement of academic medicine, after 18 years it was time to attend to other personal and professional priorities. I was truly delighted when Dr. Ward invited me in 2009 to join his genetics research addressing important, poorly understood women's health problems. Little did I know how my eyes would be opened and my life would be enriched.

Being at the University of Utah, it was relatively easy to stay current with best practices to treat endometriosis. I listened attentively, examined thoughtfully and provided patient-centered care. But looking back, it now seems like a little bit was missing in my approach. Could I have done more to address the life devastation that endometriosis can cause? How might I have better navigated through the wall of self-protection that women with chronic pain sometimes create of necessity? Did I truly understand the fear that can attend infertility?

Now I better appreciate the impact of endometriosis on women, partners, and families. I see hardships and frustrations, but frequently I also see the Phoenix rising from the ashes. I have met many women who could have given up, but instead gather their strength and go forth to help others. I witness the love of partners who offer unending support, for whom it's never too much. And I have had the good fortune to connect with professionals around the world bearing the torch and shining the spotlight that will bring endometriosis care into the 21st century.

I look forward to continuing this chapter of my life with more connections, increasing knowledge, and critical breakthroughs in the genetics of endometriosis. I have faith that my small efforts will be an important part of the inevitable explosive improvement in care for women with pain, infertility, and endometriosis.

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