The next day, I met with local Northumberland photographer Claire Batey of Unscripted Photography and took part in a photo shoot for the Grazia endometriosis piece.
Something which has been an ongoing challenge throughout my entire adult life, endometriosis first reared its ugly head at the age of 14. It took almost a decade to get a diagnosis, which is sadly not uncommon with endometriosis.
A disease without any known cure, I’ve undergone several operations and multiple hormone treatments. By December 2015, life was completely unbearable and I had to make the hardest decision of all. Choosing a hysterectomy, I am acutely aware this option isn’t a cure for endometriosis and is definitely not right for everyone.
Although not completely pain-free two years later, I am stoic about the dramatic difference this operation has had. Frankly, if the current level of pain and occasional niggles are my lot, I can deal with that, compared to the zombie state I occupied previously.
Endometriosis affects every aspect of a person’s life; from relationships to finances, friendships, mental health and more. The countless hospital admissions take as much of an emotional toll as the physical trauma brings.
I am so lucky to have the two little ones I always wanted, despite being told this may never happen. Endometriosis causes difficulty conceiving, chronic pain, and fatigue, amongst other intensely debilitating symptoms.
Really hoping to raise awareness, I have been nervous about sharing this part of me. However, if my words can help others in a similarly excruciating position, it will be more than worth it.
Out in this week’s issue, you can buy a copy now or click here to read my Grazia endometriosis article. I’d love to hear your thoughts, and if you too suffer from this painful condition, feel free to get in touch and chat.