Place: Online - please email Northhighlandgroup@endometriosis-uk.org for more details
Topic: General support, Online Meeting
Meet the Support Group Leader(s)
Hi. I am Kirsteen, I am 40 and I was diagnosed with endometriosis in July 2001. I have struggled since my periods began when I was 13, school was a nightmare, I didn't do great at all and missed so much. I would have about a week in bed every month. The bleeding was horrendous, and the pain was excruciating. I was put on the pill at 15 and given ponstan for pain, this made college a bit more manageable. I gave up my job in 2001 as things were so bad, I could not get my pain under control. I had my daughter in 2002. I struggled on and off over the next couple of years, fell pregnant again in 2005 but sadly miscarried. Then had my son in 2006. After I had him the pain got so much worse. I had no quality of life and was missing out on my baby. I had a hysterectomy in 2007, I am not going to say it has been pain free but not having periods to deal with made life so much easier for me. I was doing well up until 2019 when I had my gallbladder removed. I have just had a laparoscopy and again had endometriosis removed from my pelvic wall area and left ovary and a lot of adhesions removed. My husband has always been my rock. My kids are now 18 & 14. I love my job, I work for a self-management project and had promotion back in August, something I never thought would happen for me. All this time I had no support, so I want to offer support to others. It is so rewarding to help others.
Hi! I was diagnosed in March 2021 but like many of us I fought hard for a diagnosis, in a battle spanning 10 years. I'm 28 and run a coffee house/bakery/deli in John O' Groats at the very top of Scotland with my Mum. I'm addicted to tea, love dogs, painting & renovating really broken things - I like a challenge!
In Autumn of 2021 I joined Kirsteen as co-group leader and absolutely love it. We live in a wide, rural area and provide a support network for those with Endometriosis, especially when there can be long waits for appointments.
We're looking forward to a busy 2022 of raising awareness and providing support to our group family.