An Oldham charity is on a mission to raise awareness about endometriosis, a condition that currently takes up to seven years to diagnose.
Volunteers from the charity Endometriosis North, formed by Chadderton GP and gynecologist Dr Anita Sharma, traveled to Alexandra Park earlier this month to raise funds to help women manage the condition.
Last Sunday’s charity walk, which coincided with Endometriosis Awareness Month, saw dozens of people walk to the park in yellow, the color designated for the endometriosis awareness campaign.
Discussing the lack of visibility around endometriosis, Dr Sharma said: “There are two major issues at play here.
“The first is that people perceive that endometriosis does not kill. Apparently, the constant pain their sisters, mothers, wives, friends and girlfriends feel doesn’t matter.
“So the fact is, it’s a women’s health issue. For too long, this has meant not receiving the same quality health care as men.
“But with a new national strategy for women’s health, UK committees on disadvantage in maternity services and the efforts of our charity, that is about to change.”
Charity Ambassador Courtney Ormrod has told her devastating story of endometriosis online and in person at rallies for doctors, politicians and the public.
She said: ‘I wanted to be a teacher but lost a lot of time at university because I was constantly bleeding and in pain.
“What bothers me the most is the ignorance around endometriosis and not being believed. I once went to the hospital and was told that the crippling pain in my back what I had was a herniated disc.
“The doctor felt it couldn’t be endometriosis because I was too young.”
For more information about Endometriosis Awareness North, go to the charity’s website.