10 operations, continuous pain and fatigue, and more hospital meals than I care to imagine – the 12 years since my initial endometriosis diagnosis have not been fun! When I reflect on it now, I have no idea how I managed to keep going, let alone progress my career and throw a few ironman triathlons and endurance races into the mix.

Fact is I realised quite quickly (mostly through my own research on Mr Google) that this illness was with me to stay; I didn’t cause it, I wouldn’t be able to control it and there was no cure, so I would simply have to learn how the hell to live with it! One thing was for sure, I wasn’t going let it define me or hold me back – those that know me know that I am too darn stubborn to let that happen.

I therefore set about dealing with it in the only way I knew how – pushing my limits.

Through setting myself endurance challenges (which I love), I would create a different type of pain. This pain was fueled by endorphins and make me feel good; I would forget about the pain being caused by my endometriosis and I would associate all other pains to over exercising and not my illness.

Now, this is not a new proclaimed therapy, so please don’t try this at home! I am not superwoman – reality is there were days where I was in so much pain and so tiered that I undoubtedly caused more harm than good!

Who knows maybe if I had rested and not pushed my body, I would not have to have had so many operations. People choose how they deal with things and this was my choice.

For information on signs and symptoms of endometriosis see earlier blog post, what is and what are the symptoms

For more detailed information visit www.endometriosis-uk.org