Awareness of crippling illness is still too poor

AWARENESS PUSH: Michelle with husband Andy.
AWARENESS PUSH: Michelle with husband Andy.

More needs to be done to help women suffering from a hidden and often unrecognised illness.

That is the view of Michelle Chambers, who lives in Great Cornard, and was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2009.

The condition, for which there is no cure, involves cells, which are identical to those found in the lining of the womb, developing in other areas of the body.

When the womb lining is passed out of the body during a menstrual cycle, these cells remain trapped, causing internal bleeding and swelling.

“I want to raise awareness of this condition as not enough people know about,” said the 33-year-old, who recently had to have a hysterectomy to relieve the symptoms of the illness.

“It affects around two million women in this country and a lot of those who have it suffer from depression.”

Mrs Chambers said it was national endometriosis month across the world throughout March and people wanting to learn more should go to