I have decided to take a bit of a different path with my project. In December of 2018, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis and that completely changed my life. Endometriosis is when one of your uterine layers (the endometrium) grows outside of your uterus and it is described as a painful disorder. Doctors also say that endometriosis mimics cancer in the way it grows, but endometriosis does not kill you. Endometriosis is so under-funded and under-researched, yet 176 million people suffer from endometriosis. This is why I have decided to change my project, because I want to make a difference in the endometriosis community. So, for my project, starting this quarter, I have decided that I will study gut health and psychology. Doctors say that your gut acts like a second brain, and it has been proven that dietary changes can help alleviate some pain that is caused by endometriosis. Psychology also plays a huge part in any painful disease because our brain is so powerful. Thinking positively obviously doesn’t take the pain away, but it can be a great coping mechanism. So my plan for this quarter is to study gut health, psychology, and with the information I learn from there, I will create a survey. Both people with endometriosis, and people without will take my survey. My survey will consist of questions about food, personality, how social media affects you, and many other things. I then will compare and contrast my results to see if there are any patterns or anything different with endometriosis people, versus no endometriosis. I am very excited to see where this takes me! Stay tuned.