About the Minnesota Endo Warriors
The organization was launched January of 2018 with a focus on raising awareness, providing educational resources and community support for the state of Minnesota. The MN Endo Warriors is proud to sponsor the Minnesota Endo March in partnership with the World Wide Endometriosis March’s annual event which unites the world to bring awareness for endometriosis. The nonprofit partners with local doctors and clinics specializing in the gold-standard of endometriosis treatment, laparoscopic deep-excision surgery, as well as other community businesses and national organizations interested in promoting the health and well being of endometriosis patients. The MN Endo Warriors does not partner with or accept funds from any pharmaceutical companies in its mission of awareness and patient advocacy.
Meet the Board of Directors
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Britt Thelemann Pangerl
Britt grew up thinking excruciatingly painful periods were normal and that missing school, cancelling plans and working her life around her menstrual cycle was just something people with periods had to do. After living for 15 years with severe period pain and confirming a diagnosis of infertility in 2017 she fired her ObGyn and sought further support from an endometriosis specialist. Britt was diagnosed with Stage III endometriosis in January 2018, the same year she and two others started the Minnesota Endo Warriors. She was elected President of the Minnesota Endo Warriors later that year and is committed to raising awareness about endometriosis and providing educational resources and community support for those affected by the disease. Under her leadership the Minnesota Endo March, their signature event each year, has grown by 300% in partnership with the WorldWide EndoMarch. Together the MN Endo Warriors have launched both online and in-person support groups, surgical care packages and a school nurses education initiative throughout the state. Britt was named one of 2016's "Twin Cities Finest" for her philanthropic work, represented our state as Miss Minnesota USA 2011 and is launching a new podcast called "The Endocast" with co host and endometriosis specialist Dr. Eric Heegaard. She is committed to passionately sharing her personal struggle with endometriosis and infertility journey in the hopes of supporting others and inspiring change. By-day Britt is a technology geek in sales for Stoneridge Software, but on-the-side she has worked as a live event host, auctioneer, on-camera talent for over 12 years.
Crystal was diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2011 after 19 years of symptoms. She has has had 7 surgeries since to relieve pain caused by Fibroids, Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. This journey has formed a passion in Crystal to educate women about this disease and their options. She has a strong desire to see others empowered to make educated decisions that are best for their bodies and to live as healthy and as pain free as possible!
Breanna received her diagnosis of Stage III endometriosis after her first surgery in high school, which was followed by course after course of harsh hormone therapies. After realizing how dismissive many doctors were to women’s reports of pain, her passion for women’s health advocacy was sparked. Bre worked as an actor in NYC for some years after college but has just moved back to the Twin Cities to pursue medicine – she hopes to reach all women with the message that severe pain is NOT normal and hopes with increased awareness new treatments can be developed that are less devastating and invasive.y.
Kate is no stranger to the horrors of endometriosis. In her journey, she has encountered countless doctors, a failed surgery, and over 8 years of pain in trying to find answers. In November 2015 Kate finally found Dr. Eric Heegaard with ObGyn West and after her first laparoscopic excision surgery was formally diagnosed. In January 2018 she traveled for further assistance to the CEC (Center for Endometriosis Care) in Atlanta, GA. After battling her own struggle to find compassionate and adequate care she knew she wanted to help make a difference. She is so excited to be part of the endometriosis community in Minnesota and can't wait to bring more awareness to more people. She wants to help all endo warriors feel connected and part of this community.
Emily was diagnosed with endometriosis in December, 2018 after living in severe pain for years. She credits The Minnesota Endo Warriors in playing an instrumental role in her diagnosis, recovery and ongoing support and is incredibly grateful to have found a community that understands the struggles that come with chronic disease. Emily joined the board in the summer of 2019 and is passionate about continuing to raise awareness and provide resources to the local endometriosis community by leveraging her professional experience in marketing, events and social media. She currently works as an Account Executive at one of Minneapolis’s leading loyalty marketing agencies. Emily is no stranger to service and has previously supported a number of charitable partners and nonprofits as Miss Teen Arizona International 2009, member of the Fiesta Bowl Queen’s Court 2011 and as a sister of Alpha Phi Fraternity.
Read more about Emily’s endometriosis story in her Warrior Wednesday blog post.
Alyssa started her journey for answers at 16 years old, battling consistently rupturing ovarian cysts and pain that would put her in the hospital multiple times per year. While dealing with these issues, she received a diagnosis of Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) that required heart surgery at the age of 20. She has seen first-hand how hard it is to find adequate care and how essential it is to be your own advocate. After she had her two children, the pelvic pain became increasingly worse and her mission for answers continued. In April 2019, she had her first laparoscopy that left her with the diagnoses of PCOS, Endometriosis and Adenomysosis. After that surgery failed, she went to work educating herself and finding answers for herself. She is now under the care of Dr. Matthew Palmer of Oakdale ObGyn. Her mission is to empower others to find their voice, teach others to be their own advocate, and turn struggles into motivation.
Past Board Members
Katie is a seasoned endo warrior who has been in recovery from endometriosis and adenomyosis since 2016. After years of pain and infertility, Katie was finally diagnosed with Stage IV endometriosis in March of 2012. After two unsuccessful ablation surgeries, she found an excision endometriosis specialist who could better treat her illness and also diagnosed her with adenomyosis. She had two successful excision surgeries with the specialist, the last of which included a hysterectomy to treat her aggressive and painful adenomyosis. Since that last surgery in October of 2014, Katie has been mostly symptom-free and has worked hard to reclaim her health and to guide others in their journey with endometriosis to find proper treatment and support.
The Minnesota Endo Warriors are very thankful to Katie for her contributions as both a past Treasurer and Vice President in the organization.
Meagan joined the MN Endo Warriors in April 2018 after participating in the 2nd annual Endo Awareness March which left her inspired and yearning to contribute. She had a laparoscopic surgery in June 2017 which led to an official diagnosis of endometriosis and suspected adenomyosis; this led her into the internet rabbit hole looking for more information about her diagnosis which she found shockingly and disappointingly scarce. Meagan comes to us with an exercise science degree and is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in nutrition after she discovered her passion for the importance of physical fitness, mental health, and proper nutrition in managing overall health.
The Minnesota Endo Warriors are very thankful to Meagan for her contributions as both a past Treasurer and Board Member in the organization.
Emily Berry Bosak
After nearly 10 years of symptoms and 6 different doctors, Emily finally had surgery in January 2016. Instead of being treated for endometriosis, she was diagnosed with adenomyosis. Since then, Emily has made it her mission to inform everyone she can about endometriosis and the proper forms of treatment so that other women won’t go through the years of pain and struggle she did.
The Minnesota Endo Warriors are very thankful to Emily for her contributions as both a past Secretary and Community Liason in the organization.
After Ali had her first laparoscopic excision surgery for stage IV endometriosis in October 2016, she realized how little awareness and education was available about the disease. On her own, she launched the official Minnesota Endo March in March 2017. After its initial success, she realized how desperately her community needed a place that would bring forth both education and hope, which birthed the idea of the MN Endo Warriors. Ali is currently pursuing a career in medicine after she was greatly impacted by her endometriosis journey and the amazing physicians she met along the way. The Minnesota Endo Warriors are thankful for Ali’s vision and leadership at its inception.
Read more about Ali’s endometriosis story in her Warrior Wednesday blog post.