living life yellow.
the ramblings of a 21 year old
Here in New Zealand we are pretty lucky. But unfortunately, for 120,000 of us, we drew the short straw.
I have a disease called endometriosis. You may or may not of heard of it, but it affects 120,000 people in New Zealand. That's 1 in 10 Kiwi's.
This unknown, but not uncommon disease is when a tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (the stuff women shed away as their period,) grows outside of the uterus, in places it shouldn't be. Symptoms include pain with periods, bowel problems, pain with sex, possible infertility and heavy/irregular bleeding; just to name a few. The only way to get a diagnosis is through laparoscopic surgery. It can be horrifically painful and distressing. Also, guess what! There is no known cure for endometriosis.
You have probably heard of asthma or diabetes? Those conditions affect the same amount of people in NZ that endometriosis does. In the last ten years asthma received $46million, and diabetes $81million worth of funding. Endometriosis has received $0.
I'm 19 years old. Endometriosis has largely impacted my life. Last year I had to resign my job, and withdraw from my studies because I was in so much pain every single day. I have been at my lowest because of endometriosis. I have had doctors and specialists not take me seriously. At one point, I felt like I was going crazy because I was convinced the pain was "all in my head."
Sadly, this is the case for most women with endometriosis. So many of us feel unheard and alone.
Please listen to us. You have the power to make a change. Endometriosis New Zealand needs your help.
One 19 year old who is over it, and 119,999 other New Zealanders.