has taken on the challenge of the Flora Women's Mini Marathon, and has chosen the Endometriosis Association of Ireland as her chosen charity for 2014. Here is her story,
"I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis two years ago. After a lot of suffering I finally pushed for my laparoscopy. The surgeon done a lot of work at the time i.e. draining chocolate cysts, burning off a lot of adhesions and my right ovary was stuck to my pelvic wall. I was told the next 6 months were crucial in trying to conceive (as this has always been my main goal). However this did not happen.
Like most women I thought after my surgery I would be pain free also and that I had served my time suffering of Endo. How wrong was I? 🙂
The pain continued to worsen and I quickly learnt that this would always be a part of me.
I also learned of how lonely this disease can feel and that no one really knows about it or understands. When I am in pain, and I explain why this is to my friends, work colleagues etc, I know they look at me and just think 'grow a pair, its only a bad period'.
In fact I have lost some close friends as a result of them getting pregnant and not knowing how to handle this with me.
I have found forums, websites & Facebook pages extremely helpful for my mental state - just to know I am not alone helps me a lot.
Therefore I wanted to raise money for Endometriosis Association of Ireland in order to raise more awareness for the rest of women suffering in Silence to feel they are not alone."