I’m Natalie, I’m twenty something & happily married to my best friend. I live in the beautiful city of Liverpool.
I’ve suffered with symptoms of Endometriosis for as long as I can remember, taking over 10 years for my diagnosis to be made. In August 2018, just six days after loosing my beautiful mum, I was diagnosed with Endometriosis via my second Laparoscopy surgery. Fast forward six months to February 2019 and I had my third Laparoscopy which diagnosed me with Thoracic Endometrosis.
Endometriosis is an awful disease, despite no cure & limited research it has united women globally; that know first hand how destructive this illness can be. Building, creating and supporting a community who are not scared to share their stories, their struggles, their ups and downs – and even their scars.
A lot has changed in my life in less than a year, my quality of life due to pain and fatigue has decreased. My ability to move and walk has reduced and for the first time ever, I had to go through some of my hardest days to date and all without my mum. That’s been the most difficult part, undoubtedly.
My mum would want me to share my story -loud and proud! She wouldn’t want other women to have to endure two surgeries so close together – she wouldn’t want them to have to fight against a medical system and medical advice – she wouldn’t want them to have no other choice but to believe it was all in their heads… because that’s never what she wanted for me. If I can raise awareness for you, for your sister, your friend, your daughter whoever it maybe – then I hope we can break the taboo of endometriosis & invisible illnesses and reduce the time taken for diagnosis.
This is my story, my struggle, my fight … my life.