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Nessa's Night Out - from Magazine Pages to Televison

Nessa's Night Out - from Magazine Pages to Televison

  Vanesa Heart talks about her love of punk rock and what inspired her to write music articles and...

Revenant Custom Guitars

Revenant Custom Guitars

IMAGE MAGAZINE: Revenant Custom Guitars Written by: Vanessa Heart Revenant Custom Guitars is a...

Canine Couture

IMAGE MAGAZINE: Canine Couture By: Vanessa Heart The weather is starting to warm up, which means...

Belleview Clothing

IMAGE MAGAZINE: Belleview Clothing Written by: Vanessa Heart Denver is a bustling Metropolis, exploding...

Nessa's Night Out: The Mansfields

NESSA'S NIGHT OUT with The Mansfields Written by: Vanessa Heart Varla Magazine - Issue #7 A highly...

Nessa's Night Out: Hemi Cuda

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About.com - Vanessa Heart on the fashion industry -Part 1

What Does a “Plus Size Model” Think About Fashion & Beauty Advertising? Part One of an Exclusive...

About.com - Vanessa Heart on the fashion industry -Part 2

About.com did a two part feature exploring my opinions on the Fashion Industry as a Plus Model. ...

Heartbreaker Hairpieces

Heartbreaker Hairpieces.com Vanessa was inspired to create her own line of punk & rockabilly...

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Lady In Waiting I'm a big music fan... I love Kiss and you (gene-but...

Biography: Vanessa Heart

BIOGRAPHY: Vanessa Heart Vanessa Heart is a real renaissance woman; she embodies that true artistic...

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Sass Magazine

Covet Magazine

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INKED Mag Cover Model Contestant

INKED Mag Cover Model Contestant

Vanessa Heart is an official INKED Magazine Cover Model Contestant! Vote for her to be the next Cover...

Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau

Vanessa Heart is inspired by her recent trip to Greece and her love of Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau....

Muse Memento

"I love art that is fucked up, disturbing, hilarious, weird, emotional, beautiful, or different." ...

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Vanessa Heart interviews Mike Roche of TSOL  

About.com - Vanessa Heart on the fashion industry

FASHION & BEAUTY Plus Size Model Vanessa Heart About.com recently interviewed Vanessa Heart for...

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Endo the Pain

Dr. Sketchy's Anti- Art School

LUPEC's Prom Redux Fashion Show

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UNSEEN: Nessa's Night Out with Deadbolt

UNSEEN: Nessa's Night Out with Deadbolt

Endo the Pain

Endometrosis is a painful condition that at least 5.5 million women in North America alone have. Vanessa Heart is one of those women.
Vanessa Heart's Endometrosis Fund

Endo The Pain

Please Help Me Get The Surgery I NeedAfter 16 years of suffering with Endometrosis, I am telling my story and asking for the kindness of others to help end the pain that I have known since I was 12 years old. I ask to simply live a life with a future that could possibly be pain-free. If you can, I appreciate your support. You can make a donation through the button to the right or you can attend my benefit show which will be in Denver, CO on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 at Tooey's Off Colfax. At the benefit we will also have a silent auction and Autographed SOS Records Posters featuring Vanessa Heart. All donations will go towards Vanessa Heart's Surgical Funds. (Also if you have any artwork or any items you wish to donate for the silent auction, then please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thank you for all your support!

 Blog by: Vanessa Heart

When I was 12 years old, I joined many other awkward pre-teen girls when "Aunt Flow" paid me a visit for the first time. I remember it well. It was the first day of 7th grade, as if your first day of school isn't awkward enough. I remember running through the halls in a panic trying desperately to get to the girls bathroom, just to discover that I was not prepared for a sudden first time visit from my "Aunt". I wish that my story about a topic that women rarely wish to discuss (and with good reason) ended there. Yet, it really began one day in a new school over a year later. 

I was 13 years old. I had changed from an awkward pre-teen to a rebellious teenager. I always "played" the image of a tough girl, I had my hair dyed red, thick black eyeliner, dark green lipstick and a spiked choker. Although one day of my 8th grade year stands out particularly well, it was the day that my tough girl image would forever be broken and then rebuilt again. It was the first time I had ever experienced a level of agony and pain that sadly would become the monthly pattern of my life. A pain so debilitating, that unless you have Endometriosis you could not relate. I recall laying in the nurses office of my Jr. High... screaming for an ambulance, rolling around on the floor, shaking with pain, till the agony got so bad that my breathing went shallow and I just went numb, and the world went blank. The pain was so severe that all I could do to handle it, was to go into a meditative state, one in which I was one with my pain.

Endometriosis is a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas of the body. Each month the tissue inside the uterus — the endometrium— thickens and then sloughs off (bleeds) with the onset of your period. In the case of endometriosis, the same type of tissue that lines the uterus and bleeds occurs in other parts of the body essentially causing a form of internal bleeding and swelling. This can lead to pain, irregular bleeding, and infertility. Sadly, this was an experience that I would experience hundreds of times in my life since that day in the 8th grade. For over 16 years, I have dealt with this condition, a horrible affliction that I would later learn is known as Endometriosis. Through the years I have battled through the pain with constant pain medications, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories, natural supplements, hormone therapy, heat packs, hot baths, yoga therapy.-anything to help.

It took years till I was 16 when a doctor finally diagnosed me with this condition. A condition that sadly affects millions of women in America alone. One that we rarely talk about, because it's an awkward conversation on a topic that isn't very "lady-like".

When I was diagnosed the only option that a medical doctor could give me for this horrible affliction was to have a hysterectomy, which is a procedure in which they essentially rip out all your lady bits.  A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, usually performed by a gynecologist. Removal of the uterus renders the patient unable to bear children (as does removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes) and has surgical risks as well as long-term effects, so the surgery is normally recommended when other treatment options are not available.That has never been an option for me since I would like to have children someday. When I was 16 years old, the medical doctor I had, didn't leave me any other options or even suggest any medications to help manage the pain. So for most of my life, I downed a entire large bottle of Maximum Strength Pamprin within a week, for every month of my life.

It wasn't until a few years back, after about 13 years with this affliction, I started working for a integrative medical center as a graphic/web designer. Through my office, I learned about a variety of different medications and natural supplements to try to manage this horrible condition that has been passed down through several women in my family on my father's side. At the medical center, I had access to a large variety of healthcare providers including nutrition therapists, chiropractors, holistic healthcare providers and chiropractors specializing in everything ranging from natural supplements to acupuncture. Working there was a god-send in understanding my condition.

When I started working there I saw a traditional medical doctor that started me on pain management medications, such as muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories and pain killers. Since that point in time, I have become a virtual pain management center of myself. Constantly analyzing my level and type of pain and predicting the pains to come and deciding which medication is appropriate for that particular "ouchie". These medications are a much better option then overdosing daily on pamprin ( I was taking up to 16 daily, which is well over the daily limit and I was still in agony) but my condition is not under control, nor is my pain any less then it was years ago.  I also started speaking with a chiropractor at my office, and I learned about some of the details behind this condition that I hadn't ever known about. For instance, she told me that endometrosis is a vicious cycle of estrogen that builds up in your body. The Endo_the_Pain-poster-sampleendometriosis causing an over production of estrogen and that estrogen then fuels the growth of more endometrial tissue.

Surgery relieves endometriosis pain for most women.
  • Between 70% and 100% of women report pain relief in the first months after surgery.
  • About 45% of women have symptoms return within the first year after surgery.

She started me on a natural supplement regimen, which has worked wonders for my emotional health and has helped balance out mood swings and depression that I often suffered throughout my life. Now I learned that it was this condition that not only affected my physical body, but also my emotional and mental state as well. These supplements have worked wonders on my emotional and mental state of health. And through this journey of trying to understand this condition, I discovered that my life long idol, Marilyn Monroe, suffered from chronic endometriosis as well. Although, through my idolization of Marilyn Monroe, I often mimicked her beauty routines, now I have learned that it was those routines that actually fueled endometriosis further (such as applying Vaseline to your skin nightly, which causes your body to produce more estrogen, which fuels the growth of more endometrial tissue). There is not one source on the Internet or in books that goes into alot of detail about this condition. They do not know what causes it. There are theories as to what fuels it, and if you read the more holistic genre of medicine regarding this condition you may start to learn about some of the theories. I've spoken to dozens of doctors and tried everything I could think of.

Natural supplements have helped my emotional state, yet my physical state is still just getting worse. Every month, I find I am stricken with so much pain that medications to sedate me are the only option. I am constantly missing work, my social life, my hobbies, and my life is completely stopped and put on hold for at least one week every month. I can no longer live this way and the pain is so unbearable that I have constant prayers to the universe to please cure me of this awful pain. It was only a couple years ago, that I heard about a surgery that can help. Since there is no cure for endometriosis, surgery is the only option.

The surgery consists of inserting a laparoscope through a small incision and examining the internal organs. Additional incisions may be used to insert instruments to move internal organs and structures for better viewing. Then endometriosis or scar tissue is removed,using one of various techniques, including cutting and removing tissue (excision) or destroying it with a laser beam or electric current (electrocautery). So I am asking, friends, family, fans and kind souls to please lend me a helping hand to raise some of the money for surgery and my medical expenses.

If you can not donate, then I completely understand, but if you would like to help, then I truly appreciate your art, band merch, autographed cds, posters, services, or product donations for the silent auction or your attendance to the amazing benefit show which will be at tooey's on Friday, Jan. 20th, 2012. If you have a silent auction donation then please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all the musicians, artists, friends, and kind souls who donated their time, money and hard work into making this benefit show happen. It truly does mean the world to me, that kind deeds and community can still prosper in this day in age. Thank you!!! - Vanessa Heart

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