I was diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 16. It’s a condition that’s thought to affect around two million women in the UK and its symptoms can include heavy and uncomfortable periods, tummy pain and a lack of energy.
My first visit to hospital was when I was 15. I was doubled up with intense stomach cramps which made me sick multiple times.
I remember feeling alone and totally lost when I received my diagnosis, as it’s not a disorder that’s widely known about by teenage girls.
With Fixers, I want to raise awareness of endometriosis. I’d like to help other young women spot the tell-tale signs, so they can have the confidence to discuss their symptoms with their doctor, family and friends.
If my project helps more girls identify when they have the condition then I’ll have achieved what I’ve set out to do.
July 2014 I've received a great deal of positive feedback after launching my Fixers resource, raising awareness of endometriosis! I was left speechless by the support I received after sharing my campaign on social media. Here is what some people had to say:
Louise: ‘Such a brilliant thing to do, Hannah. I had a read of it and it's so honest and informative. Well done on doing something amazing.’
Alexander: ‘Just had a wee read and thought it was amazing that your helping bringing this condition to light.’
Jenny: ‘It's amazing what you're doing. Supporting you all the way!’
Lissie: ‘There are no words to describe how proud I am of Hannah for being so strong whilst coping with such a debilitating condition. But now she is going one step further and helping others by raising awareness of endometriosis! Please take the time to read and share this.’