It is time to end the silence.
For far too long, one in 10 women in Australia have been suffering from the debilitating disease that is Endometriosis.
Psychically and mentally, our bodies have been going through pain and suffering. Endometriosis is present when the tissue that is similar to the lining of the uterus (womb) occurs outside this layer and causes pain and/or infertility.
Today brings hope for those endo sisters with the Federal Government releasing the National Action Plan for Endometriosis.
I got to attend the launch with Health Minister, Greg Hunt, where he acknowledged and apologised to women for not doing anything about this silent disease sooner.
The Minister revealed that $4.7 million will be spent on this plan which will go towards research, awareness and education and clinical management.
Mr Hunt said in a statement, "Endometriosis is a chronic menstrual health disorder that affects roughly 700,000 Australian women and girls. It often causes debilitating pain and organ damage and can lead to mental health complications, social and economic stress and infertility. Many have suffered in silence for far too long, enduring diagnostic delays of between seven and twelve years on average."
As someone who battled Stage 4 Endo this is the best news. I went through hell from physical pain not only from periods, but I was nauseous, I had trouble going to the toilet, my whole body hurt. Then there is anxiety of ‘is there anything wrong with me’ and the ‘am I going to get fired if I called in sick to work, even though I can’t get out of bed?’ Then there is am I able to have a baby? and how has it impacted my fertility questions. It took me 7 years to get an official diagnosis and in those years, I felt alone, powerless and frighten being in the unknown.
I am so lucky now to be pain free, feeling the best I have ever felt after successful excision surgeries, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
I am also blessed with the best support network from my beautiful darling husband Jamie and family.
But, I know I am one of the lucky ones with so many women suffering day in day out from this debilitating disease.
Today’s announcement changes everything. It brings hope and a future where hopefully endometriosis is no longer. That a cure is found. That a pain free life for those one in 10 is achieved.
To those battling endometriosis. You are not alone and never will be.
The endo sister community is so beautiful and strong, just like those who struggle with it.
For the full National Action Plan and all the information you need about Endometriosis visit the Endometriosis Australia website here.