Endometriosis is a disease which effects 1 in 10 women, approximately 176 million. Its as common as Diabetes yet our government & health care "professionals" across the globe struggle to recognise it as a genuine illness. It is often referred to as a "silent epidemic".
It is something I am passionate about because it is something I live with. I was diagnosed 2 years ago and it is something that will effect me until the day I die.
Endo effects mainly the uterus and the surrounding organs including but not limited to; bowels, stomach, bladder, fallopian tubes and even the lungs. It causes chronic pain, extreme fatigue, chronic nausea (it's literally morning sickness without the baby), muscle & joint pain, painful periods, severe bloating, infertility + more. It was described to me as "it's like having rusty insides & as time goes on the rust builds and builds and the less functioning the organs become, until eventually they are useless". It is surgery every 6-12 months, being told you'll never have children at the age of 19 & morning painkillers just to get through the day. It is torture and it is real. These symptoms persist every single day of our lives, it is our "normal".
So I am calling on the Australian Government to have this disease recognised just like diabetes or asthma which are both equally as common & put an end to us jumping through hoops for a diagnosis. Provide more support to those of us who are torturing ourselves everyday by pushing through the pain. Please provide more funding to find a preventive treatment/cure. We need your help. We need funding & education so that we get the support and medical care that we deserve.
At the moment Australian women are being denied financial support, expected to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket for surgeries (that are only temporary may I add) and pay for expensive hormone treatments that may not even work. It is also not uncommon to go through 6-7 specialists before being taken seriously which is extremely disheartening. I think I speak for every sufferer when I say we are tired of being laughed out of doctors offices being told "it's all in your mind".
Please sign this petition and help me get this recognised for what it is.
Thank you xx