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Birmingham Support Group

About this group

Our meetings are an informal, relaxed and safe place to meet others in a similar position, and to know you are not alone.

There is no expectation at our meetings. For some people sharing their experience helps, for others, just listening can bring comfort. We encourage you to do what feels most comfortable to you, and we'll support without judgement, whatever you decide.

We are aware that each person may be at a different stage in their journey, and these meetings are open to all. If you're just learning about endometriosis, starting your diagnosis journey, or have been diagnosed, you are welcome.

We aim to meet at least once a month and all dates are posted on our group page. An email is sent at the start of the month, alongside reminders that are sent a few days before. If its your first time attending a meeting, feel free to bring a friend or family member with you. We understand this can be quite an overwhelming experience, and support from a familiar face can sometimes help.

If you'd like to learn more or you have any questions, please feel free to email us directly. We are also on social media so check out the links below :)

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We look forward to meeting you!

General Session Information

A relaxed and social meeting at least once a month, where we can have a chat over a cuppa (and maybe cake!)

Upcoming Support Group Sessions

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    ☕ 💛 Relaxed and informal meeting, and an opportunity to meet other members going through diagnosis or living with endometriosis ☕ 💛
    Place: Boston Tea Party, 30 Harborne Road, Edgbaston B15 3AA
    Topic: General support, Social
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    ☕ 💛 Relaxed and informal meeting, and an opportunity to meet other members going through diagnosis or living with endometriosis ☕ 💛
    Place: Lupo Lounge, 12-13 Dudley Street, Wolverhampton WV1 3EY
    Topic: General support, Coffee evening, Social

Meet the Support Group Leader(s)

Jennifer

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Ellie

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Lexi

Picture of support group leader Lexi

Although the TV adverts would lead you to believe women can do anything, including playing tennis or ice-skating when you’re on your period, I was always aware that your monthly cycle was going to be painful. As a teenager you would usually find me at that time of the month on the sofa with a hot water bottle and a large tub of ice-cream feeling sorry for myself. It was one of those things those of us with a uterus just had to endure. There is no 1 size fits all when it comes to menstruation, so as far as I was concerned my cycle was completely normal.

Fast-forward to my twenties. Over time the pain had slowly increased, often starting a week or so before my period and lasting until a good week after. The pain didn’t sit only in my abdomen, but now impacted my back and legs and often made it difficult to stand or walk. At this point I am blissfully unaware of the term Endometriosis, let alone what it is.

At 24 I was working for a recruitment company, the hours were long and the expectation to work at 100 miles per hour was real. On one particular day my director happened to be in and had noticed in between calls I was either hunched over my desk or quite literally curled up on the floor. He obviously asked what was wrong, I explained it was my time of the month and his response was "surely it shouldn’t impact you like this! Remember we have private medical insurance, I think you need to go and get checked".

My first surgery was in 2017 and I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis. The scar tissue had been found in and around my uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and bowel. My consultant described it like someone had poured concrete in the gaps around my pelvis and had stuck my organs together. Through laparoscopic surgery, where possible the endometriosis was removed, but there was only a 30% chance it wouldn’t reappear. Endometriosis feeds off hormones and to stop the spread I was offered an injection called prostap for 6 months. This puts me into medically induced menopause, giving me a break from my endo symptoms but with all the possible side effects of menopause. Since diagnosis, I’ve had 4 rounds of prostap, 5 additional surgeries and the endo has now been found on my rectum, bladder and kidneys.

I am now currently waiting on a surgery date that will remove the largest group of endometriosis tissue on my bowel and rectum. This will leave me with a permanent stoma bag, but this has been a difficult thing to wrap my head around.

Having that safe space to talk openly through the Endometriosis UK Support Group,s have been a blessing. I have a wonderful support network around me, met some incredible and inspiring people, and I feel very lucky to be able to support other women and those assigned female, dealing with Endometriosis.

Looking for medical advice?

Please be aware that our support service are unable to provide medical advice and can only talk about endometriosis based on their own experience. If you need medical advice, please contact your GP or endometriosis specialist.