EAI Chairperson Kathleen – Health Hero!
‘I wanted to make sure no one else would have to wait nine years for a diagnosis’
Endometriosis sufferer Kathleen King wants to educate society about the painful condition
Triona’s Story on Irish IndependentTriona Collins made the decision to have a hysterectomy three years ago because, unlike Dunham, she already had children. And while it was made clear to her that this wouldn't cure her endometriosis, she wanted to put an end to painful periods.
"I have had endometriosis since my first period when I was 13 as I had crippling pain and sickness from day one and extremely heavy periods," says the 37-year-old. "I knew I was different from my friends as they would take paracetamol (for period pain) and would be fine, whereas no matter what I took I was still in terrible pain and would be vomiting and close to fainting with my periods. I often had to get an injection from my GP just to get through.
Bébhinn and Julie speak to Kathy Sheridan on Irish Times Women’s Podcast
When you’ve been through endometriosis journeys as we have, you do kind of go – this is so unfair. The system is loaded against women,” says Bébhinn Nic Liam, board member of the Endometriosis Association of Ireland.
Endometriosis is one of the most common gynaecological diseases affecting up to one in 10 women, yet it is poorly understood, and a diagnosis takes an average of seven years.
“There’s a real injustice being done to women, so you put your fatigue and your own pain to one side and you go – right, this can’t happen,” Nic Liam tells Kathy Sheridan on the latest episode of the Women’s Podcast.
“Running the mini-marathon helped me through life challenges” delighted to see Lisa’s story in the Evening Echo!Click to read Lisa's story.
Noelle’s StoryRead Noelle's story on living with endometriosis.
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