Padma Lakshmi Hosts the Blossom Ball to Benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America

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“I learned to cook at the elbow of my mother and grandmother, but never ever thought I could have a career in food,” Padma Lakshmi said last month during a talk at Cherry Bombe magazine’s Jubilee conference. We all know how that turned out: Lakshmi is not only the host of Bravo’s insanely popular culinary competition show Top Chef, but she’s also the author of two cookbooks, Easy Exotic: A Model’s Low-Fat Recipes From Around the World, and Tangy, Tart, Hot, and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day.

Another title for the former model is activist, and this one doesn’t have to do with food. Lakshmi suffers from endometriosis, a reproductive system disorder, and she co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America with her doctor, Tamer Seckin, MD. They hosted the 7th Annual Blossom Ball to benefit the foundation Monday night at Cipriani in New York City.
Actors Christian Slater and Norman Reedus, Top Chef's Gail Simmons, Bravo talk show host Andy Cohen, film director Joel Schumacher, and many more came out to support the foundation, which aims to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research. Lena Dunham and Hillary Clinton, both of whom have suffered from the disease, sent greetings via video and mail, respectively.

The food? Roasted artichoke salad, lasagna Bolognese, and both tiramisu and apple pie for dessert, and plenty of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. The menu was put together by — of course — Lakshmi.

 

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/food/padma-lakshmi-hosts-the-blossom-c1429111516463.html

 

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    I’ve seen many obgyns over the years explaining my monthly symptoms during my period...but eventually it became a daily struggle with these pain. It feels like a poke here and there near my right pelvic region. I was given birth control pills for the past ten years but honestly, it didn’t help at all. I was in bed whenever I…

  • Rachel Grobman

    Dr.Seckin is so much more than a surgeon. His passion for helping endometriosis sufferers and determination to improve the quality of life in all of his patients is undeniable. I remember when my gynecologist first told me I needed a laparoscopy. Her exact words were "I can do the surgery, but if you were MY daughter- I'd send you to…

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    I am a physician who suffered from deep infiltrative endometriosis. I needed laparoscopic surgery, so I went to see my former gynaecologist and he performed the procedure (a surgery which he supposedly does hundreds of times a year) last November. I had severe pain again when I had my period in January and was advised to go on taking a…

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    After years of excessively painful periods, a serious loss of quality of life, and a series of uninformed and uninterested doctors, Dr. Seckin and Dr. Goldstein turned my life around. I was told I woke up from my surgery almost a year ago with a smile on my face, and I haven't stopped since. Before I heard of Dr. Seckin,…

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    Dr Seckin and his team gave me back my life! Tomorrow will be 1 month since my surgery and I feel great. Dr. Seckin, Dr Liu, and Dr Goldstein are not only beyond words talented and amazing Doctors, but they are also genuinely wonderful and caring people. I cannot say enough great things about Holly, Asiye and Kim as well.…

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    Dr. Seckin and his staff spared me from years and years of heavy periods and unbearable endometriosis pain. After having surgery with him (my first) I can now function like a regular human. No more eating NSAIDs like candy and calling out sick from work. Thank you, Dr. Seckin!