During Endometriosis Awareness Week in the UK, Endometriosis UK are running a campaign based around 'What I wish I'd known...' to help others prepare for life with endometriosis, areas such as laparoscopy for endometriosis, treatments for endometriosis and living with endometriosis. My old colleagues at Endometriosis UK asked me to write a piece on what I wish I'd known about recovery from laparoscopy for endometriosis.Read More
Yep. You read that right - I'm launching This EndoLife Book Club! Well, a virtual one that is.
Each month we will read a new book related to endometriosis, periods or related symptoms. The aim of our book club is to bring a sense of community and support, but also help us educate ourselves in order to live a happier and healthier life with endometriosis.
The new book will be launched on the first Saturday of every month, launching at the beginning of Endometriosis Awareness Week - March 3rd.Read More
I couldn't talk about self-love all week without addressing painful sex, and I also wanted to do it from a place that was as inclusive as possible. Not all of us are in a loving relationship, and not all of us want to be, not all of us are in a safe relationship, or have safe associations with sex. There's a lot to it.
So over on Endometriosis News I've started addressing this issue as best I can, making suggestions for safe sex, improving your experience of sex and hopefully reducing painful sex. I'm not an expert, but I do link to some professionals in the column, so I hope this helps in some way!Read More
When living with endometriosis has got you dealing with bloating, inflammation, hormonal skin, tired eyes, pain and a body that can feel like it's struggling all the time, it's hard. There's no doubt about it. Some days it's really tough to shift these feelings, so this week I've written about my favourite brands and accounts for self-love inspiration for when you feel at war with your body. You can read the full column here on Endometriosis News.Read More
I know how hard it is to love our bodies when we experience so much pain through it. It's all well and good saying we need to love ourselves more, but how do we even start on that journey, when we feel so much detachment or even hatred towards it? So this week, to celebrate Valentine's Day, I've written about how we can love our bodies more, even with endometriosis, over on Endometriosis News.Read More
It's Valentine's Day. A day which brings up all sorts of feelings - romance perhaps, but maybe guilt, shame and loneliness too? Yet today I don't want to talk about the romantic kind of love. I want to talk about the greatest love of all - the love you have with yourself, self-love. How does self-love change your experience of endometriosis?Read More
Jessica Murnane has launched Know Your Endo, a comprehensive, simple and concrete platform for endometriosis awareness, education and support. Alongside that, she's running The Endo Toolkit online program, which supports anyone with endometriosis to learn about their disease and the best ways to manage it for them. There's expert advice, live sessions and a community page.
Enrolling on a course can sometimes feel like a big commitment, either financially or time wise. So I decided to chat with Jess to give you the low down on her course, so you can decide if it's good for you.Read More
I've written a piece for Endometriosis News on how you can spend some time working on your endometriosis experiences of 2017 and how you can move towards how you want to feel in 2018. This takes you through three stages you can use you reflect and set new intentions.Read More
Last year was a great year for endometriosis in many ways (and menstrual freedom), we saw endometriosis debated in parliament across the UK and Australia, it continued to be covered by the press, and petitions made their way around the globe. If this year, you want to fight the patriarchy/end endometriosis/free the period there, are a number of ways we can change the experience of this disease for generations to come.Read More
If you wanted to track how endometriosis had affected my life, before I even knew I had it, hearing my friend and former business partner speak about our journey together, would probably give you a good idea.Read More
Interstitial cystitis and endometriosis have been dubbed as the 'evil twins'. But what is interstitial cystitis? What are the symptoms and how can it be treated? And what is the link between the chronic conditions?Read More
Living with endometriosis is challenging, even with a roof over your head, but how must it feel to be homeless, have endometriosis and not have any access to sanitary producst?
The government provide condoms to homeless men in shelters, but not sanitary towels - in fact, razors are more available to homeless men than sanitary products are to women. So the Homeless Period are petitioning for the government to do the same for females and are encouraging people to get involved.Read More
Usually I try to write positive posts, that are real and honest and express my difficulties, but also show you a way out, a step in the right direction. Today I can't promise I can provide that, but perhaps just sharing this will help some feel less alone. As it's Mental Health Awareness Week, of all times, this is the best time to be honest.Read More