Bourne teenager runs to raise awareness of Endometriosis
A Bourne teenager has raised more than £370 for Endometriosis research by completing the Lincoln 5K Colour Run.
Georgina Stevens, 19, who lived in Bourne for 15 years, suffers from the debilitating condition herself – and decided to run to raise awareness and money while acting as an inspiration to fellow sufferers.
Georgina said: “Most people have probably never heard of Endometriosis, but it affects one in 10 women worldwide. Endometriosis is where the tissue that behaves the same as the lining in the womb can be found elsewhere in the body – most commonly in the ovaries, abdomen, bowel, bladder and in the recto-vaginal septum.
“Each month the hormones in the body instruct this tissue to break down and bleed. However, unlike the womb, the blood has nowhere to exit the body, and this causes scarring, chronic pain and even infertility.
“There is no known cure and due to it being associated with menstruation, it has taken on a taboo status, with symptoms often being brushed under the carpet as phantom period pains.”
Georgina, who is studying English Literature at the University of Lincoln, was finally diagnosed in February this year following a Laparoscopic surgery to reduce the bouts of chronic pain she was experiencing.
She said: “While in recovery I decided I wanted to do something to draw attention to this issue. The daughter of a woman with endometriosis is seven times more likely to have it themselves – I want to change this.
“I would not wish this pain on my worst enemy, let alone my future daughters, therefore I decided to do everything in my power to raise money to support research.
The run was quite a big challenge for me. I suffer from chronic fatigue associated with Endometriosis and this makes me tired all the time.
“I wanted to push myself physically and mentally, and prove to other women out there with this condition that it doesn’t have to impact on your life.”
Georgina plans to push herself again next year by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge next year. Anyone inspired by her exploits can still make a donation by visiting her Justgiving: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/endo-lady