Hampshire NEAW Support Group

Upcoming Support Group Sessions

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Meet the Support Group Leader(s)

Kat

My Story:

After decades of battling with endo, first trying to get a diagnosis, then surgery after surgery and facing endless more, also being diagnosed with adenomyosis, plus the prospect of living in constant daily pain with a whole concoction of pain meds and chronic fatigue, I was determined to take charge of my condition. In 2014 I decided to try a complementary, holistic and alternative approach to manage my condition. I do still get setbacks, however with a complete change in my diet and exercise regime, I have managed to avoid further surgery so far. Last year I completed a gruelling double marathon to raise funds for Endometriosis UK! A year on, and none the wiser, I found another challenge, and this year I completed a 100km trek over the Ridgeway, one of Britain's oldest pathways! In so doing, I hope to have helped raise awareness for this awful condition and also to show my fellow sufferers to never give up hope. When we started the support group, I was surprised that there were so many other ladies who were going through the same problems as I was. I hope we can support you in sharing experiences and knowledge to help make your endo journey a little more manageable!

Emily

My Story:

I was diagnosed with endometriosis in July 2014 after suddenly suffering with severe pelvic pain. Looking back, I probably first experienced symptoms of endometriosis in my early 20s when I went to my GP with painful periods. I didn't really know much about the illness when I received a diagnosis. I met up with some women I met online and from there the support group was formed. It was great to be able to share experiences with women who truly understood. I went on to have surgery and hormone treatment, before going through IVF which resulted in the birth of my little boy in 2016. I am dedicated to raising awareness of endometriosis through my work as a freelance journalist.

About the support group:

Welcome to Hampshire North East and West Support Group, we hope you will find the support you need on your endo journey. Your Volunteer Support Group Leaders are Kat Andrews and Emily Brown. We are here to facilitate the group, we aren’t medical professionals, but between us we have suffered from the condition for over 20 years, so hopefully if we don’t have the answers, we will certainly be able to point you in the right direction! As a group we have a Facebook page to share information and support each other, we also meet regularly for both formal and informal meetings, watch out for information by email and on Facebook for updates on our next meeting. We look forward to meeting you soon.

 
General Session Information:

Regular informal and formal meetings throughout the year