Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Endometriosis: We Are Survivors

Endometriosis is just one word. Made up of thirteen little letters. But to explain the impact it has on a woman's life would take hell of a lot more!
When you are suffering from a chronic illness like this, there will be days where you see no light at the end of the tunnel. Only last night I was asking my Mother 'when will I be getting some relief?' It can be constant. Exhausting even.

But no matter how hard things get, or how many times we are brought down to our knees. We do not give up. We get back up. We fight. Endometriosis is such a cruel illness. But I'm telling you this... It hasn't seen the last of me.

I will keep fighting. I will keep on raising awareness. And I will always be an advocate for all who suffer from this. It will not win.

Endometriosis may knock us down...

But we will always get back up.
We are survivors.


#MyEndoDiary

Friday, 13 March 2015

Endo March 2014: A Year On

One year ago today, the first ever March for Endometriosis was held in capital cities across the World. I am so grateful to have been a part of it in the UK. In two weeks time, my Mother and I will be going back to London to take part again. Meeting up with other endo sufferers and their families. Bring it on! 

We will be marching through the streets of London, united in utter determination to raise as much awareness for this awful disease as we can!

 The more awareness we can help raise for #Endometriosis, the better! 

Here is a photo of the Endo March in 2014. 


It was an amazing day. I'm hoping at this year's March we will be even bigger and louder! Our voices deserve to be heard.

#MyEndoDiary 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Endometriosis Awareness Month - Week One

The online support this year for endometriosis awareness month has been incredible. We are only one week into the month and I have been overwhelmed with the awareness raised so far. So many women have gone 'yellow for endo'. This is a fantastic campaign that has made my twitter timeline come to life. I love seeing all the yellow profile pics appearing daily!

I have also been taking part in the #endophotochallenge made by EndoHappy. Everyday you post a fact about your endometriosis. This is a wonderful and well thought out campaign that provides a necessary insight to our lives with endo. It's still not too late to join in if you haven't done so yet!

On Facebook, I have been posting awareness posts and pictures. This year I have had an amazing response to my posts. The amount of likes and comments I have had really surprised me. Friends and family have been sharing my status's and people who I rarely talk to on there have contacted me and shown their support. This means so much to me. Spreading the word about endometriosis is vital.

On a more personal level, I am thrilled with the awareness raised by my blog in this first week. I was first contacted by HealthExpress to be awarded with the 'Endometriosis Awareness Blog Award 2015'. The feedback I have had from this has been tremendous. I have been in contact with HealthExpress since and today they confirmed they will continue raising endometriosis awareness to their readers and patients! This is due to the vast response they have had after publishing their article! How amazing is this?! To visit the blog section of their website about women's health click here, http://www.healthexpress.co.uk/blog/womens-health/.

Secondly, I was contacted by a leading online fertility website. They have asked me to write a blog post for their website on endometriosis. I have submitted this article and will hopefully be able to share it with you all very soon!

So much has been achieved already this month. I look forward to seeing what the next three weeks will bring!


#MyEndoDiary

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Endometriosis Awareness Blog Award 2015

I have been selected as one of the top 8 Endometriosis information sites and given the 'Endometriosis Awareness Blog Award 2015' by a panel of HealthExpress experts. To say I am overjoyed is an understatement!
 

This is what they had to say about my blog:

 

I have been listed alongside Endometriosis UK, SHE Trust UK, Endometriosis Foundation of America and Endometriosis Australia, plus others. These organisations do so much to raise the profile of Endometriosis and support sufferers and their families. Having my little blog included with them for the award means the world to me! All I have ever wanted to do with my blog is to share my experiences as truthfully as I can, so other ladies know they are not alone.

Receiving this recognition spurs me on to keep posting, blogging, talking, tweeting and raising awareness. To know that my blog has been even a little help to those on their own endo journey makes me feel so honoured.

A massive thanks to HealthExpress for choosing me. Please take a moment to read their article on Endometriosis Awareness Month, where all their top 8 sites are listed http://www.healthexpress.co.uk/blog/womens-health/endometriosis-top-blogs.html

HealthExpress provides patients with support, advice and treatment for common medical conditions that are often seen as 'taboo' subjects or ones which people don't feel comfortable in talking about. Just because a medical condition may be awkward to talk about, doesn't mean it is any less real. In my opinion, having HealthExpress available to bring these topics to the forefront of online discussions and being a source of support is invaluable. They have been set up since 2002 and helped thousands of people during that time. For more information please visit www.healthexpress.co.uk

#MyEndoDiary

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Endometriosis Awareness Month 2015

Today is the start of Endometriosis Awareness Month. So much more awareness is needed for this invisible illness that I suffer from along with 1 in 10 women! The same amount of women suffer from asthma and diabetes yet so many people have never heard of Endo!

It's ridiculous in 2015 we still have to fight for doctors to listen to us, fight for treatment & support. And there is still NO cure!

I've met so many lovely ladies with endo that suffer unnecessarily, who also support me daily. I personally think it's about time this changed!

Please join me & help raise awareness for Endometriosis 💛

#MyEndoDiary