I was diagnosed with endometriosis fifteen years ago after three years of symptoms.
I’ve since had several laparoscopic surgeries, varied hormone treatments, artificially induced medical menopause and the insertion of the mirena coil.
I signed the NHS trust that I currently work for up as an Endometriosis Friendly Employer in 2022 to spread awareness and provide insight into the condition. I found through my own experience that although very common, it can still be relatively unheard of, so educating those medical and non-medical staff in my own workplace was my priority. I am also very aware of the challenges and often strain this can cause both inside and outside of the working environment.
I have been amazed at the number of staff who have contacted me since starting the scheme and those who have joined the safe and supportive group I have created for employees to meet and discuss their condition and experience of living with endometriosis.
There are now a range of helpful documents available across my workplace, published by Endometriosis UK, in best managing and supporting employees with the condition and promoting supportive first discussions between employees and management.
I am lucky to have always been supported throughout my condition by my own work management so understand the importance and ease of this for others too.
I am extremely passionate about women’s health and my mission is to empower others to live a confident, mindful and healthy lifestyle both at home and in the work environment and hope the support and inspiration I provide through my own experience and the scheme can do just that.
We want everyone with endometriosis to feel confident and supported at work, which is why we are so proud to have developed the Endometriosis Friendly Employer Scheme.
The Scheme is a way for employers to confirm their commitment to developing a work environment and culture that enables employees with endometriosis to thrive at work. Find out more here.