A WOMAN who has been battling endometriosis, is holding a fund-raising night in aid of Endometriosis UK later this month.
The event, organised by Holly Hill, will take place at the Stoke Prior Sports and Social Club at 7pm on March 23.
The night will feature a live performance from three-piece motown band The Dreams and there will be cupcakes on offer, along with a raffle.
Tickets for the charity night are £10 each and the raffle tickets will be £2 per strip.
Among the prizes are a spa day for two at the Malvern Spa, signed football memorabilia, a family photoshoot with Alison Paul Photography.
There will also be a silent auction for a signed Manchester United pennant.
Endometriosis affects one in ten women in the UK and there is currently no cure.
Holly battled for four years for her diagnosis, which came in 2016, but she said a lot of women needed to wait seven years.
“I really want to raise awareness, especially for young girls who may just be starting to experience symptoms.
“The problem is because it’s not often the first thing a lot of doctors or other healthcare staff think of, it can be hard to get tested.
“If someone thinks they have it, they need to go to their GP, mention they think they have endometriosis and ask to be tested.
“You need to push and push until you get the diagnosis.”
The test itself is quite invasive – it comes in the form of a laparoscopy – keyhole surgery in the stomach.
Sometimes, if an endometriosis growth is diagnosed, it can be treated there and then to prevent the patient going under anaesthetic twice.
But, if it is a bigger issue, a separate appointment will often be made.
Endometriosis also grows back so further surgery may be needed down the line.
“I first had the surgery in 2016 and then had to have a second lot in 2017 – on the second occasion I had to go to Birmingham and it was more intense.”
Holly added some women would have a tendency to wait before they got themselves diagnosis but, as it was a condition which got worse and worse the longer it was left, people who feel they have it should push to be tested.
Email Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and tickets.
Holly also has a blog on Instagram – Tummy Scars and Biscuit Bars – which can be found here.
Visit endometriosis-uk.org for more on the charity Endometriosis UK.