A teenager from Yorkshire will document her debilitating battle with endometriosis to raise awareness of the disease that affects so many young women in the UK
Chloe-Elizabeth Elliott, 16, from Pontefract, has launched a Youtube channel just this week and already has over 350 subscribers.
She told the Yorkshire Post she has battled the disease for the past eight years and her first symptoms began just before she started her periods.
She talks about how she felt ‘very alone’ and was even accused of attention seeking by doctors.
She said: “We knew nothing about endometriosis. I was told it was all in my head. That I was doing it for attention.”
Chloe-Elizabeth collapsed during her exams after fainting and was taken to hospital.
She said that she felt lucky that she had received an early diagnosis
“So many girls are in the exact same position as me, just because they think a painful period is normal,” she says.
Chloe is a finalist in the Miss Yorkshire competition and hopes to go to college to study beauty therapy.
But the severity of her condition means she struggles every day
For years she thought her painful periods were normal and having so much time off school meant her mother faced fines.
She said: “It is really debilitating. And it isn’t just the pain, I haven’t been out with my friends since December.”
She had to attend her prom in a wheelchair and the emotional impact has been considerable.
“I may not be able to have children and this is something I am going to have to face in the future.
“There are lots of people out there who have been told they can’t have children – that is how people usually find out, because they are having fertility problems.”
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb (endometrium) is found elsewhere, usually in the pelvis around the womb, on the ovaries, tubes, ligaments holding the pelvic organs in place as well as occasionally the bowel or bladder.
It can affect up to one in ten women and can vary massively in severity. It is more common in women with a family history in their mother or sister
Just last week, fashion designer Alexa Chung revealed she was having treatment for endometriosis.
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