Seasons greetings and happy update :)

Seasons greetings everyone! Hope your Christmas and new year are as restful and pain free as possible.

Apologies that I have not been able to post for a while, a lot (of truly HORRIBLE stuff) has been happening in my personal life which means I’ve had limited time for writing and a significant amount of writers block. I have lots of new articles planned for the next few weeks to please do stick with me.


I just wanted to post a quick update on her to share some happy and exciting news that I have (for once, see I’m not all doom and gloom)… In April I’m going to be having a baby boy! 🙂 Currently 25 weeks pregnant. Still can’t quite believe it- having both severe endometriosis and adenomyosis, and having been trying for a few years with no success. I’d pretty much written myself off fertility wise to be honest with you.

Maybe miracles do happen. Or perhaps it’s luck. Or maybe I’m one of the people I hate who just ‘relaxed’ and then got pregnant- as if that’s a thing. Either way, I got the shock of my life after doing a quick pregnancy test having felt ‘a bit weird’ for a week in the summer.

I hope this isn’t too triggering for anyone but I just wanted to share my good news with you all as so many of your have been such huge sources of inspiration and support throughout my chronic illness journey.

Take care of yourselves, and am looking forward to posting again in the coming weeks. If you need me feel free to drop me a message into my email inbox- I know this time of year can be really difficult, and it is for me too this year, so always happy to talk.

With love,
Claire
xxx

Can you help to shape future endometriosis research?

Hello lovely endosisters! I hope you are all as well as can be today.

I’m writing this post to update you all about an exciting research project I have had the privilege to help develop over the past year as a member of the Radcliffe Women’s Health Patient Participation Group (University of Oxford). We are hoping to establish a set of core outcomes which can be used in future endometriosis research, which will then make it easier for scientists and healthcare professionals to compare the results of various studies and gain a deeper insight into the disease.

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This post is also a little bit of a call to action and a plea to ask you to take part in this research. Participation involves completing three online surveys over the course of a few months, where you will share your experiences of endometriosis and views on what outcomes doctors and researchers should be prioritising when working to improve the quality of treatments and healthcare we receive.

We have made a short video that explains what we are doing in greater detail:

If you would like more information or to take part, you can visit our sign up page here.

Please do get in touch with me directly if you would like any further information or have any questions. Alternatively, you can contact lead investigator Dr. Martin Hirsch (Queen Mary, University of London) by email: m.hirsch@qmul.ac.uk.

I really am hoping the endometriosis community supports this exciting research opportunity. We can hardly complain that there is a lack of research into endometriosis (which is clearly true and a real injustice when you consider how many people are affected) but then not support the projects when they do take place.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and whether you’ve been involved in any research projects yourself. Please do share this (on your own blogs and/or social media) with any other endosisters you know who might be interested in taking part- the more voices we have to contribute the better!

With love,
Claire
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