As the newly elected chairperson of the Endometriosis Association of Ireland (EAI), I wish to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and the vision the board have for raising awareness of endometriosis.
Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the outgoing chairperson Clodagh Lynam for her tireless work in leading the association over the last number of years.
I am a medical scientist, working in the health service and qualified in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. For 25 years I have lived with the symptoms of endometriosis and like many women worldwide,
I struggled to get a timely diagnosis; in my case this took nine years.
Upon diagnosis I was driven to contribute to the education and support of women with endometriosis. I joined the EAI and Endometriosis UK. I became a helpline and support network volunteer (UK) and trained
as a Chronic Disease Self Management Tutor.
Most recently I was the Team Captain for the Worldwide EndoMarch (Million Woman March for Endometriosis). This was a global event that brought together women under the banner of endometriosis awareness. Their aims are to Empower, Educate and Effect Change. These aims reflect my vision for the association going into the future.
The association is going through a period of rapid change at the moment. We have recruited new board members, with a valuable skill mix. The board is currently addressing key objectives, such as constituting a medical board, strategic management, fundraising events, political lobbying and awareness programmes.
This report will give you an overview of all the association has achieved in 2014.