Scottish Borders Support Group

Upcoming Support Group Sessions

Date and Time Details Place Topic
Tuesday 26th January 2021 6:30pm - 7:45pm Find out more about reflexology with Julie Hamilton. E-mail Scottishbordersgroup@endometriosis-uk.org for more details Online Guest speaker, Online Meeting
Thursday 11th February 2021 7:00pm - 8:15pm General Support meeting Online - please email scottishbordersgroup@endometriosis-uk.org for more details General support, Online Meeting
Thursday 25th February 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm Q&A session with Dr Kirsty Munro Consultant Gynaecologist. For more info e-mail scottishbordersgroup@endometriosis-uk.org Online Guest Speaker Guest speaker, Online Meeting
Saturday 13th March 2021 1:00pm - 2:15pm Open support sessions for both members and loved ones. Online - please email scottishbordersgroup@endometriosis-uk.org for more details General support, Online Meeting
Wednesday 14th April 2021 7:00pm - 8:15pm General Support meeting Online - please email scottishbordersgroup@endometriosis-uk.org for more details General support, Online Meeting
Tuesday 27th April 2021 7:00pm - 8:15pm Professor Andrew Horne's Team Talk - Endometriosis Research Online - please email scottishbordersgroup@endometriosis-uk.org for more details Guest speaker, Online Meeting

Meet the Support Group Leader(s)

Tao

My Story:

Tao's diagnosis came when she originally went to her GP regarding her fertility. She had also always experienced unexplained pains since starting her periods at 13. After her diagnosis in 2017 it became clear to Tao that there was no local support, which led her to create the online Facebook group in 2019.  She became part of Endometriosis UK in 2020.  'I am passionate about supporting the people affected by endometriosis and I wanted to give back to our local community'.

Lorna

My Story:

Hi, my name is Lorna, I'm 33 years old and I am the Co-Leader for the Scottish Borders support group. I was diagnosed with Endometriosis via laparoscopy in February of 2020. Before this I'd had years of unanswered questions, worrying it was all in my head, and mental health issues. From the age of 14, I knew something wasn't right, but due to the lack of information I had no idea what the problem was. I was in hospital for another condition in 2017 that prompted an unexpected visit from the gynaecologist. There had been a spike in my blood that signalled ovarian cancer from a routine blood test and so I was taken for an internal scan. It was then that I heard the word 'Endometriosis' for the first time. I was denied a diagnostic lap at the beginning because I was overweight, and my BMI was too high at 44. I set out on a mission because I knew something needed to be done. So, over 2 years, I lost over 6 stone and brough my BMI down to 32, went back to my GP and insisted that I was referred for surgery. Endometriosis was found behind my uterus and burned away. I haven’t been told what stage I am or what happens next, but I take each day as it comes. I have the biggest passion for making our voices heard, to make sure more can be done to help us fight this awful illness. That is why I trained as a group leader and I fight everyday, not just for myself, but for all of us.

About the support group:

We offer online and face to face support for anyone who has been affected by Endometriosis. This group is a place you can speak openly with other sufferers. We encourage supportive conversations in a non judgemental environment. We'll be listing our meet up dates and venues shortly. We look forward to meeting you soon!

General Session Information:

Tea and coffee is usually available and people sometimes bring snacks to share with others.