A nursery nurse from the UK is hoping to raise the funds to have a child of her own after being diagnosed with endometriosis
Gem Baker, 35, was given the devastating news that she would never be able to conceive naturally following tests that revealed she has stage four endometriosis.
The debilitating condition can leave women in agony from tissue growing on organs outside of the uterus, such as the bowel, kidneys, and stomach.
Gem said she felt only relief when she was given the diagnosis but then felt scared and nervous about whether she would ever be a mother.
She told the Essex Daily Gazette: “It finally confirmed for me that I was not making any of it up in my mind and I am not going mad.
“I do have a high pain threshold and a positive mindset, but I can see why it would take over your life.
“You cannot explain in words just how bad it is and it is always there, like a rose bush, you can prune it but it always grows back and there is no cure for it.”
Gem, from Clacton, had to wait 16 months for an operation to remove the tissue. She was given the verdict she may well be able to fall pregnant naturally.
But after months of recuperation and a fertility assessment things were not looking hopeful.
She decided to apply for NHS IVF but is fearful her application will be rejected because she is a single person.
So, her friend, Jen Barnett, set up a fundraising page to raise the £15,000 Gem needs to realise her dream.
Jen said: “Gem is not the type of person to ask for help.
“So, I launched the fundraiser as I so want to help her achieve her dream of becoming a mum.”
The fund has so far raised more than £3,200 and anyone who would like to donate should click here.
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. When this tissue is found within the muscle of the womb it’s called adenomyosis.