Birmingham Support Group
About this group
Our meetings are an informal place to meet others in your position, to know you are not alone. Here, you can share your experiences and find comfort in others. You can also take comfort in knowing you are helping others. There will be speakers throughout the year on a range of subjects. The meetings will take place once a month with a minimum of 2 weeks notice so please keep an eye out.
I look forward to meeting you!
General Session InformationA meeting once a month where we can have a chat over tea and coffee.
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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 3 rounds of prostap and currently in my 4th, 5 additional surgeries and the endo has now been found on my rectum 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 stoma bag hopefully on a temporary basis, 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.