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How I Became Empowered with Endometriosis: Part 2

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In my previous article on becoming empowered with endometriosis, I took you through how I started my journey of empowerment, which was largely to do with becoming educated and becoming well through understanding the disease and learning how to manage my symptoms.

In this follow-up piece, I want to share how, once I was well, I then proceeded to turn endometriosis into a positive force in my life…

I started a blog and podcast

I’ve always been a writer. When I was younger, for some reason, I would write pages and pages in my diary; filling in my invisible readers on the woes of my teenage life – my cruel mother, my broken heart, my teenage angst (which turned out to be pretty serious depression). Naturally, as I grew up, I had less time for writing about my love life, but when endo hit me hard, it seemed like I had no other choice but to write about it. It had always been my outlet. And so I began.

I built a blog, This EndoLife, and started sharing what I was learning, my journey, what was helping, what didn’t. It was partly for me, but a lot for others too – I was so frustrated with the lack of information out there at the time that I just wanted some place people could go and actually learn about this stuff from someone who lived with it.

At times, This EndoLife has brought me to my knees, but it’s become my life’s work. Today, it’s a podcast, an informative website, a coaching service, and a book club (the latter two currently on hold!). Whilst it has it’s challenges (providing free content on top of trying to make money in a day job is difficult for someone living with a chronic disease), it’s given me purpose, it’s given me a reason to be grateful for endometriosis and a way of understanding why it came to me. Not everyone needs that, for some of us, we have endometriosis and that’s that, for me, I needed to do something with it, I needed to channel this thing that would be with me for the rest of my life.

I volunteered

Overtime, I got pretty good at understanding this endometriosis thing we live with. I also got quite good at living with it too, and a whole lot passionate. I was already in charity and so it seemed natural to go and volunteer for the UK’s leading endometriosis charity. I lead a support group for a short while, but meeting with other volunteers, going through the training and supporting other endometriosis warriors does something good to the soul. It can be exhausting, draining, and emotionally taxing, though, so if you do go down this route, be sure to take care of yourself and make sure you put boundaries in place to safeguard your wellbeing.

I eventually went on to work for the charity as well, which was challenging due to some health issues I was encountering at the time, but there’s nothing like kicking endo’s a** through working hard to support others and find a cure.

What about you? What helps you when you feel dis-empowered by endo?

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