JOIN THE PIC­NIC TO HELP HEAL

Ali­cia Evans en­cour­ages woman to join in pic­nic

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Nicky Mof­fat

THE symp­toms can cause crip­pling pain and the road to di­ag­no­sis can be long, but one thing help­ing all women and girls suf­fer­ing from en­dometrio­sis is con­nect­ing with oth­ers.

That’s the mes­sage from En­dometrio­sis Aus­tralia am­bas­sador Ali­cia Evans, who is urg­ing women and girls with the com­mon disease to come to the En­doSis­ter Pic­nic at Mof­fat Beach.

Hosted by cafe One Block Back, the En­doSis­ter Pic­nic will be held on Satur­day, March 30 from 10am–1pm.

En­dometrio­sis is a disease that causes pain and/or in­fer­til­ity.

It is present when the tis­sue that is sim­i­lar to the lin­ing of the uterus oc­curs out­side the uterus.

Peo­ple who suf­fer from the con­di­tion have dif­fer­ent symp­toms, which can make it hard to di­ag­nose, Mrs Evans said.

Through her work as a per­sonal trainer, Mrs Evans had spo­ken to many women with en­dometrio­sis – which is lucky, she said, as it meant she re­alised her con­di­tion be­fore her GP did.

“It wasn’t un­til three or four years ago I started get­ting some symp­toms that didn’t feel right,” she said.

“I was a nor­mal, ac­tive per­son but I was get­ting re­ally bad acne in cer­tain spots, I was fa­tigued a lot.

“I would have a nor­mal 8-9 hour sleep ev­ery night and then feel tired and still be able to sleep 2-3 hours the next day – eas­ily.”

She was train­ing for a triathlon at the time and her doc­tor thought the phys­i­cal ex­er­tion ex­plained her tired­ness, but Mrs Evans thought it was above and be­yond what other triath­letes she knew were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

“Some peo­ple have a re­ally long ex­pe­ri­ence but for me it wasn’t years and years of be­ing told I had dif­fer­ent things,” she said.

“But I did have about a year of go­ing back and forth get­ting blood tests and be­ing told I was just tired.”

Mrs Evans did her own re­search and asked her doc­tor for an ul­tra­sound of her uterus to check for en­dometrio­sis and poly­cys­tic ovary syn­drome.

The ul­tra­sound iden­ti­fied a cyst, which she was also able to have re­moved sur­gi­cally, but the sur­geon also found ev­i­dence of en­dometrio­sis and re­moved it last June.

“When they went in they found mod­er­ate en­dometrio­sis – there is mild, mod­er­ate and se­vere en­dometrio­sis,” she said.

“It was def­i­nitely a lot more than they thought they were go­ing to find, be­cause they didn’t think I had it at all.”

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

DIF­FER­ENT SYMP­TOMS: Ali­cia Evans (and in­set) suf­fers from en­dometrio­sis, which up to 1 in 10 women strug­gle with.

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