Laura’s hopes to help others

The Scarborough News - - FILEY & HUNMANBY MERCURY -

Now Laura has set up a cam­paign to help raise aware­ness of the con­di­tion which af­fects one in 10 women. It took her more than 20 years to be di­ag­nosed and she doesn’t want this to hap­pen to young girls. The cam­paign, In­side Out, has at­tracted women internationally to get in­volved. She said: “I would never say it’s med­i­cal neg­li­gence but there’s not enough aware­ness. “If I was talk­ing to my 11-yearold self I’d say be per­sis­tent, speak your fam­ily, go to your doc­tor and ask them to look into it and if you think it might be pos­si­ble ask for a scan look­ing for le­sions or cysts.” To find out more con­tact Laura on 07493421060. of pre can­cer­ous cells found in the cervix. “Had I not had the first surgery I would not have known. If left un­treated CIN 3 can be­come in­va­sive cer­vi­cal cancer. Wait­ing for the re­sults was hor­ri­ble,” said Laura. “I’m a sin­gle mum, I was think­ing what would hap­pen to my three boys if it was worse. I’m so on top of every­thing now if I’m not well I call my GP be­cause they need me – they’re my every­thing.” One of the symp­toms is fa­tigue, which is so severe it has meant Laura had to give up her dance busi­ness in her home town of Coven­try.

“I was a dancer, it’s made me lose my busi­ness, my con­fi­dence com­pletely. I feel like it’s taken so much from me,” says Laura. “You just feel ex­hausted do­ing the sim­plest things.

“I feel like a 70-year-old woman but two or three years ago I was danc­ing eight hours a day. Now I teach one les­son and I’m shat­tered for two days.”

Laura, who runs Phoenix Belle Bur­lesque in Scar­bor­ough, says the pain is so in­tense that she’s been forced to call for am­bu­lances and her chil­dren have been forced to see her crawl­ing on the floor in pain.

En­dometrio­sis can also cause in­fer­til­ity. Laura said: “I’m lucky I have my chil­dren al­ready – some women never have that chance.”

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