“JUST A GIRL WHO REFUSES TO LET WHAT
HAPPENS TO HER, DEFINE HER”
28 years old. Living on the beautiful Sunshine Coast and absolutely loving it! I am married to my best friend. I love endurance sports like long distance running and triathlon and love spending free time living a healthy active lifestyle. In summer find me by the seashore soaking up the salt and sun and in winter you can find me under the doonas with a good homemade chicken noodle soup.
I love a late afternoon summer storm and the excitement a windy day brings! My furr child Leo, pink evening sunsets, a good cheese, camping under the stars and a warm embrace from a loved one.
All of these things make up who I am. But there is more. In 2018 I was diagnosed with Endometriosis. Stage 3 to be exact. Recalling as best I can, after coming out of anesthesia my surgeon told me that they found “more than they expected” and that they were shocked. They found endometriosis and inflammation near my bladder, appendix, near my bowel, it was growing on/around the ligaments that hold my uterus, outside of my uterus as well has on the back of my cervix.
I knew I had the disease before the drs told me. For many years I’ve learnt to listen very carefully to my body and look out for signs that might be trying to warn me when things might be going wrong. This is a skill I am very proud of learning at such a young age and something I believe everyone should be capable of doing. I was told many times that It was “unlikely” that I had endometriosis. I didn’t have any significant pain. Only the hormonal acne I started having, fertility issues and the bad fatigue I started having on the daily. After requesting an ultrasound, it came back with signs of a “tumor” or “cyst” on my left ovary. This is still an ongoing situation and I’ll keep you guys updated on what happens there! I requested a referral to a specialist here on the Sunshine Coast who had me booked in for surgery within 6-8 weeks. Still, heading into surgery, there was doubt by my medical and health professionals that I would actually have endometriosis. Four and a half hours later I got my
“I told you so” moment. To read more stories of my endo journey head to the blog section of my website.
I am a big believer in what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and believe that you don’t learn lessons by always winning! I’ve learnt to feel my emotions, experience them and then let them flow over me. That is what being human is about. I am certainly not happy, go lucky and positive all the time, but I refuse to sit back, wallow in self pity and think “WHY ME”, when I can be out there experiencing all that life has to offer, learning, sharing my experiences and then hopefully helping others along the way.
“I won’t be letting the things that happen to me, define me.”