My story and why I want to raise awareness and money for endometriosis.
On 19 March I am bungy jumping off the Harbour Bridge to raise awareness for Endometriosis NZ. As a 15-year-old with endometriosis, I want to support their work to help the endo community.
Early 2021 I started experiencing chronic pain, so bad I couldn’t get out of bed. Pain that sent me to A&E multiple times with suspected appendicitis. After months of off and on pain, doctor appointments, scans, tests, I had no answers.
The pain continued to get worse, and by September it was so excruciating that some days I struggled to get out of bed. My GP suggested that it could be endometriosis and I was referred to a gynecologist.
I convinced my gynecologist to do a laparoscopy, which confirmed endometriosis. She removed what was there and put me on a plan to manage it. I am grateful to be diagnosed young as many people don’t get diagnosed till later in life.
Endometriosis not only affects your physical health, but mental health as well. I believe more people should know more about it so we can stop the stigma about it being “just a bad period.” Having people tell you that it’s anxiety, that it's all in your head, that you're too young to have it and be in that much pain, takes its toll. I have lost friendships, it has affected my schooling, and has impacted my mental health hugely. I am forever grateful for my Mum and friends who stuck by me and supported me.
Please support Endometriosis NZ so more people can get the help they need while struggling with endometriosis.