After ending up in hospital with stomach cramps so severe they made her sick, Hannah Raine was diagnosed with endometriosis - now she's raising awareness of the condition.
The 25-year-old from the Scottish town of Kinross says she experienced symptoms for five years before finding out she had the disorder and wants to help other young people spot the signs.
Estimated to affect around two million women in the UK, endometriosis can cause heavy or uncomfortable periods as well as tummy, pelvic or lower back pain and fertility problems. It can also contribute to a lack of energy and depression.
‘Having been diagnosed when I was sixteen, I wanted to help other girls who may be experiencing these common tell-tale symptoms,’ Hannah explains.
‘I remember feeling alone and totally lost when I was first given the news.
‘I wanted to be able to produce an educational tool for young girls so they become more aware of this condition.’
With Fixers, Hannah has created a brightly-coloured booklet designed to make information about endometriosis accessible to a younger generation.
She shares her own experiences in the resource, while offering a guide to the symptoms and providing details on where to get further support.
Read Hannah’s booklet ‘Endo…What?’ below.
‘I want girls to be able to have the confidence to talk to their doctor if they are experiencing symptoms because the sooner it is diagnosed, the quicker it can be treated,’ says Hannah.
‘I’m happy with the finished product and am really excited to see it launch!’
Hannah hopes that among those to see her booklet will be pupils in the final two years of primary school.
‘Not enough is known about the condition,’ she adds.
‘I hope it will make girls more aware of endometriosis.
‘I want them to be able to talk to their mum, friend or doctor about how they are feeling.
‘If my project means that girls know the warning signs, or understand if one of their friends has the condition, I will have achieved what I set out to do.’
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