Gloucestershire Support Group
About this group
We want to be a place of safety for those that are living with or who suspect they may have endometriosis. We hold regular, monthly meetings where people can come together to discuss what they are going through, as well as educate themselves. Please join our mailing list and Facebook group to stay up to date with our meetings and for other information.
General Session InformationOur support group sessions aim to provide a safe space for people to come and share their experiences as well as educate themselves.
- -Please join us for our ninth support group meeting. Topic - Exercise and NutritionPlace: The Stanton Suite, Church Street, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 8ARTopic: General support
- -Coffee morning to raise awareness and money.Place: The Stanton Suite, Church Street, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 8ARTopic: General support, Coffee evening, Fundraiser
- -Friends and family with Gloucestershire Carers Talk. Please join us for our 11th support group meeting. Please park in front of the Bacon Theatre or to the left as you drive in.Place: Helen Porter Suite, Dean Close School. Please use this pin on map - https://goo.gl/maps/y1MCk1VxVpoZKqAQ9Topic: General support, Guest speaker
I first started experiencing symptoms around the age of 13, also when I started my periods. I was diagnosed with endometriosis in July 2020 via laparoscopy ablation surgery after years of pain. I then went on to have a second operation in November 2021, however this time I had excision surgery via laparoscopy. I want to use my experiences to help other people and to advocate for change in diagnosis time.
Since the age of 14 I was experiencing the common symptoms of Endometriosis with heavy painful periods that seemed to last forever! I had surgery at 14 to remove my appendix and to unstick my ovary which seemed to do the trick alongside taking 2 contraceptive pills daily. Then when I was 28 when my symptoms returned and I had further surgery to unstick my ovary again from my bowel. At 30 and after multiple hospital visits and stays with no-one knowing the reason for this pain that kept returning, I was finally diagnosed with Endometriosis. I had the Endometriosis excised from my bowel, right ovary and abdominal wall which again worked wonders for a little while. At 32 though I had to have my 4th and most recent surgery in June 2022 where the endometriosis was excised again from around my bladder this time too. Now I'm on monitored treatment and regular hormonal medication, I am finally pain free and back to loving life! So I want to use my new found energy to spread awareness now and help others, like the support group helped me during my journey. Having people around you who listen and truly understand, is so helpful!