This is one way in which the TTEA ensures that its members benefit from the association. These meetings are held four times per year and to help members cope with the challenges of endometriosis. The meetings usually involve a resource person presenting on a selected topic. However, there must be confirmed attendance from a minimum of 20 members in order to host the meeting.
ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS & EDUCATION
The TTEA recognised the need to inform the general public about the disease endometriosis. It hosted the first endometriosis public seminar in Trinidad and Tobago in March 2014 themed "Getting the word out". Thereafter, it has committed to hosting public events. These public events are advertised in the local and social media and held annually or biennially.
EndoTalk is the TTEA's approved secondary school programme. The objectives are to raise awareness of and inform female students about endometriosis as well as encourage suspected students to visit a qualified medical professional. TTEA's Education Officers go to the schools to conduct EndoTalk. The TTEA is seeking assistance from sponsors to make the EndoTalk educational kit available to students nationwide.
The TTEA utilises every opportunity to inform the popultion about the "little spoken of" disease, endometriosis. TTEA's outreach team goes out to inform a subsection of the population about the disease and the role of the TTEA. The TTEA either selects the venues/events or accepts invitations from other entities for outreach. Our outreach includes but is not limited to mall tours, partnership with civil society, and presentation in the workplace.
Involvement in the TTEA affords endometriosis patients the opportunity to interact with other patients who truly relate to "the endometriosis experience" that seems incomprehensible to non-endometriosis patients. Endometriosis patients usually meet at TTEA events or on the TTEA Membership Facebook Group and share experiences and information, and encourage and support each other. Peer counselling offers solace to endometriosis patients and in some cases lifelong bonds and friendships are forged.
This is a special title bestowed on an individual or a group by the TTEA for dedicated service in assisting the TTEA and raising awareness of endometriosis, particularly amongst our teenagers. It's simply doing what works when it works! The premise of this concept was derived from President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative. Early diagnosis and treatment are cruical to endometriosis patients enjoying a better quality of life. This is one way we recognise those who assist us with our cause!Read More