Half marathon for Endometriosis NZ

$3,880 of $1,000 goal
Given by 62 generous donors in 12 weeks

Lizzie’n’LibsRun21 for Endometriosis NZ

Otago

Hello my friends,

Before you read my story- I would like to say from the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful for all the love and support I / we have received for this fundraiser.

To say this has been a journey would be an understatement.

Yesterday Lizzie and I completed a half marathon and 10km event to raise awareness for Endometriosis Nz.

In 2 days time I am having a hysterectomy.

I never thought in a million years I would be faced with a decision like this in my thirties. But after years of chronic pain with endometriosis, which has meant hardly a single day without discomfort, horrific periods and constant pressure in my pelvis, my husband Brandon and I decided to choose quality of life.

For those who don’t know what endometriosis is: Endometriosis is a common inflammatory disease estimated to affect 176 million girls and women worldwide in their reproductive years and 120,000 individuals in New Zealand. This means that roughly 1 in 10 women in New Zealand will have endometriosis. In most cases there can be symptoms including period pain, pelvic pain and sub-fertility or infertility. Endometriosis happens when tissue that looks and acts like the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. Painful menstrual cramps is the most common symptom of endometriosis. The growths outside the uterus swell and bleed with the menstrual cycle, just as the endometrium does. When the blood has nowhere to go, it can get trapped. This irritates the surrounding areas causing pain. Over time scars can form and in some cases, constant chronic pain can develop.

Some days are harder than others, especially seeing my pals with their gorgeous children, which I so desperately want, but this is our journey. My ovaries are being left - so surrogacy is an option should we choose to go down that path, but for now our focus is on getting through and healing our hearts.

You will be donating to Endometriosis NZ ♥️

So many women in NZ are suffering and statistically on average it takes 8 years to diagnose. Endometriosis doesn't discriminate and doesn’t have to be suffered in silence. If a loved one has any symptoms that may be related, it’s definitely worth talking to your GP and exploring options before going on down this permanent irreversible path that I am about to endure. There are ways of managing endo and there is wonderful support available.

I want to extend a huge thanks to Jon Thom from the print room in Dunedin for sponsoring the printing on our tops. He is an insanely clever artist too and such a good boy. We are stoked to have his support. The Print Room make creating custom clothing & promo products easy. They are NZ's leading full service t-shirt printing, embroidery and promotional product experts. Jon and the team create custom clothing & promo products people love to wear and talk about- we sure rate our customised singlets!

Lastly thank you to all of those who have been on this ride with me so far -

My patient loving husband, my incredible family, my work mates and all my friends who have all been so understanding x

Let’s go!!! X

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Surgery complete ✅   28 October 2021

Hi all,

My hysterectomy was performed yesterday. I woke up around 8pm in recovery. The care here in recovery is exceptional. It was a long day. Hard for hubby and family but, now we begin the real journey

I want to thank my loving husband, friends and family for all their unwavering incredible support. I am overwhelmed with the loves x x x

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Kelly
Kelly on 27 Nov 2021
This hurts my heart as I've only just been diagnosed with this disease after years of constant pain since a teenager. I was lucky enough to at least have a son 15 years ago. Doctors are shocked it was never picked up til now ❤️
$20
Libby Hamilton

Kelly! Wow! Your story unfortunately is more Common than you think. My heart goes to you! Thank you for supporting our cause! X x x

Libby Hamilton
Courtney
Courtney on 27 Nov 2021
Amazing effort for an amazing cause!! Proud of you both
$30
Libby Hamilton

Thank you so much Courtney! Appreciate the support, Didn’t your sis in law do well 💕 libs

Libby Hamilton
Sam and Yvonne
Sam and Yvonne on 05 Nov 2021
Libby you are amazing and so brave, what a tough choice. We really admire you for speaking out, as no doubt your story will help others going through something similar. All the best for your recovery xx
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Libby Hamilton

You guys are wonderful! Thank you so much for your kind words of support x

Libby Hamilton
Krichelle
Krichelle on 28 Oct 2021
All the best for your recovery Libby, thanks for sharing your story
$20
Libby Hamilton

Thank you so much Krichelle. We really appreciate your support x x x

Libby Hamilton
Laura Theodoulou
Laura Theodoulou on 28 Oct 2021
What an amazing cause, thinking of you Libby and everything you have been through. What an awesome effort Lizzie, proud of you becoming a runner!
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Libby Hamilton

Thank you so much for supporting us! Isn’t Lizzie awesome! She’s been such an amazing support . I’m so proud of her x x x

Libby Hamilton

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