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Supporting a long distance friend with Endo

I live in Florida, am male, and have a friend living in California who has been diagnosed with Endo. She was diagnosed long ago, but we recently became closer friends and she shared this information with me. We are just friends, as she is quite a bit younger than me. I have been researching as much as I can the past few days, learning more about it and trying to find ways I can support her. Since she is so far away, my ability to support is limited, but I wanted to ask on here for some suggestions. I have seen some suggestions here and on other sites, but seems most was either related to a partner or same-sex friend. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I care for her dearly and would do most anything to help or comfort her. Thanks in advance.

  1. Thanks for the comment, suggestions and links. I could not figure out how to reply directly to your reply, so not sure where this one will end up in the thread.
    Thanks again.

    1. HI @wheeldawg! Firstly just want to say, thank you for being here and wanting to learn more and be there for your friend. We need more people like you out there! So many just don't understand endometriosis and we end up losing friends because they won't try understand it.

      We are sorry your friend is dealing with endo though. But she is so lucky to have YOU! I think the best thing you can do for her is just being there to listen. Somedays we don't want advice from anyone we just want to know they are there listening to us. I think just knowing you are a phone call, text or even video chat away, is the best thing!

      If she is not a part of this group, you can also introduce her to it. I am sure she would find it helpful 😀 But I think what you are already doing, just being there, is truly all she really needs! Celebrate the good days with her and be there on the bad days.

      Hoping both you and your friend are doing well. Please reach out to us anytime you need. We are here for you.

      I did find this little write up helpful, https://endometriosis.net/living/how-support/

      -Kimberli (Team Member)

      1. Thanks Kimberli.
        She recently had surgery and is healing well. I can't really do much for her, and she has friends there, so doesn't really reach out to me much, but I try to be available as much as I can. I have let her know that, but I'm sure she has local friends that are helping her too.
        Thanks again.

        1. Happy to hear she is healing well @wheeldawg! She certainly does sound lucky to have you and her friends! Sending good thoughts to you both! -Kimberli (Team Member)

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