Our Helpline is operated by trained volunteers who have a personal experience of endometriosis. They are not able to give medical advice but can talk through your issues and consider options to overcome them, or just provide a friendly listening ear. It can be overwhelming being diagnosed with endometriosis, and our helpline is here for you.
At 15, Jade was told the severe pain she was experiencing was completely normal. She suffered excruciating pain, fatigue, and bowel and bladder related problems - all whilst trying to get through school and pass her exams. Years later, she was diagnosed with endometriosis. In Wales, the Assembly are currently reviewing the school curriculum and we want to see all children taught the key facts about the menstrual cycle.
Our volunteers are at the heart of securing real change for others suffering with endometriosis. Today we’re celebrating Alice Smith – our Young Ambassador – who this year successfully persuaded the Government to include menstrual wellbeing in the school curriculum in England from 2020.
All week we are shining a spotlight on just some of our amazing volunteers to celebrate Volunteers Week. In today’s first post, we look at what it’s like to be a Support Group Leader with Vicky Chapman, who recently set up a new support group in Dundee.
This week is volunteers week – and all week we’ll be shining a spotlight on just some of our incredible volunteers. If you want to get involved, please tag us on Twitter @EndometriosisUK using the hashtag #volunteersweek and we'll be sharing your volunteer stories all week.
On 18th May, a group of 11 surgeons and endometriosis specialists will cycle 220 miles in two days to raise money for Endometriosis UK. From London to Newport (where the annual British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy (BSGE) conference takes place), the cyclists will stop off at least 7 endometriosis centres and finish at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.