Real Stories Shared
Saschan Fearon-Josephs, 26: Endometriosis
Saschan was first diagnosed with endometriosis in 2015, and two years later discovered it had spread as far as her bladder and bowels. Having also undergone surgery to remove a large pelvic cyst – and with it, the majority of her right ovary and fallopian tube - she says the lack of counselling and support offered has been one of her biggest challenges. Starting her own blog, The Womb Room, and creating a community of people who have had similar experiences has been “crucial” for her.
“It’s like you have to create your own family… once you’ve armed yourself with that knowledge, it’s a lot easier to find other people who have similar experiences and share information with them so you’re learning from each other, and things they’ve tried.”
Watch our video with Saschan and for more information on endometriosis visit
Amee Leigh Atkins, 25: Endometriosis
It took eight years for Amee’s endometriosis to be diagnosed. While she initially found the revelation overwhelming, she has since curated a unique set of techniques to help her manage the condition. They include natural therapies such as acupuncture, and beneficial diet changes uncovered through her own research. Her message for all women is the same: tune in to your body, because you’re the one who knows it best.
“I’ve learned to listen to my body on every base level that I can, and to check in and see if there’s any little signs, any triggers. My piece of advice would be to track your symptoms, so you can notice any patterns.”
For more on Amee’s story, watch above, and for more information on endometriosis visit:
‘The Doctor Will See You Now: Recognising and Treating Endometriosis’ - by Tamer Seckin
Laura Owen-Wright, 32: Endometriosis
Laura admits that her journey with endometriosis has dealt a serious learning curve. Before her diagnosis she had never heard of the condition and pinned her monthly mood swings and physical struggles down to her personality – something she says had a significant effect on her confidence. While she suspected her hormones were playing havoc, she didn’t understand how to rebalance them. She says greater knowledge can be life-changing.
“I look back over the years and think, what could I have achieved if I had just been in balance? No one cares about that stuff and it’s so important. How much more productive could we be… if attention was given, especially to our cycles. There’s so much wisdom in it.”
For more of Laura’s story, watch our chat with her and follow Laura's story here http://lauraowenwright.com/
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Edited by Alice Wagstaffe, shot by Alida Bea, produced by Tara Scott
Words by Rachel Ramsay