Sheffield Support Group
About this group
We welcome sufferers and those close to them. We have guest speakers and more informal meetings to provide information. The support and understanding that comes from just being around other women with endometriosis is amazingly valuable. We hope to create a confidential, caring environment. Our private Facebook group is really active and can be a great place to find some information and support at any time of the day or night. We also do profile raising and fund raising work when we can. We look forward to meeting you in person or on Facebook! @EndoShef. endoshef
General Session InformationOur evening meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month. They are held in the Community Room, Morrison's Supermarket, 699 Penistone Rd, Hillsborough S6 2GY Come into the store by either entrance and turn right - staying between the checkouts and the outside wall. Go past all the checkouts and there is a corridor on the right hand side which leads to the community room. The staff will be able to help if you get lost, just ask someone, they're really helpful in our experience. There is also lots of free parking right outside.
The group leaders arrive around 7pm for an evening meeting and the meeting starts properly at 7.15pm, finishing by 9pm. Hot drinks are available.
Our informal socials happen in various places so please check the individual meetings details for these.
Upcoming Support group sessionsThere are no upcoming sessions at this time. Please check back again.
Right from when I was a teenager, I have always had menstrual pains, it got worse when I got into my twenties. I had heavy bleeding and severe abdominal pains. I was also misdiagnosed with appendicitis. Over the last ten years, endometriosis affected me terribly. I was diagnosed officially in 2016 but have been having the symptoms since 2009. Firstly, I had severe pains and not only during my periods but all the time. The pain spread from my abdomen to my pelvic area down to my legs, lower back and thighs. Within the last five years I had undergone five major surgeries.
It was a very isolating experience due to the low level of awareness especially among black and minority women. I am passionate about creating awareness among black and minority ethnic women like me who are going through similar issues because endometriosis can be a very isolating and traumatising experience for someone to go through alone. The support session also made feel like I was not alone, and many women are going through similar experiences
I first started experiencing endometriosis symptoms when I was 13, from my first period I was in a lot of pain and wouldn't be able to attend school. I would just lie in bed the entire time and take over the counter painkillers which did nothing. I was told I had IBS and that "all periods are painful". When I was 19 I moved to Newcastle and I began to get severe back pain, I spoke to my GP and he mentioned endometriosis, I was sent for a scan which revealed cysts and then I was booked in for laprascopic surgery. I was diagnosed as a result of the surgery and I've been managing the condition ever since.
I believe every person who suffers with endometriosis deserves to be supported and listened to, it's a condition that impacts every aspect of your life and it's not given anywhere near enough attention/research. When I was first diagnosed I was so scared and I wasn't given a lot of information, I found Endometriosis UK and attended an online support group and it was the only form of comfort I'd had during the diagnosis stage. I think it's such an important organisation and I'm proud to now be part of it!