21/12/2020 Catherine Pennington
The Rotaract Club of Sheffield's first project was an ambitious one, an online mini-conference on endometriosis, and we are very proud to share it with you, in support of a surprisingly common, yet overlooked condition - Endometriosis! Have you heard of it before? Probably not. It affects as many people as asthma and diabetes do, and I bet that you have heard of those. Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women in the UK.
A recent All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report suggests that it takes 8 years on average for a diagnosis, despite having a significant impact on the lives of patients. The causes of Endometriosis also remain unknown, with limited treatment options, leaving patients to feel alone. Increased awareness and further research are vital for these experiences to be improved.
Our project consisted of many elements predominantly online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsored activity - 1 Million Steps for Endometriosis-UK
Photography competition - theme: '1 in 10'
An interview with Liberty Belle Magazine.
Mini-Conference with guest speakers including members of research groups, Dr Lucy Witaker and Magda Marečková.
Charity Friend's Quiz
To view our social media posts, competition entries and watch our mini-conference keep scrolling!
1 Million Steps for Endometriosis-UK
Photography Competition Entries
Informational Social Media Posts
Part 1: introduction
The Event - Part 2: guest speakers
As a recent master's graduate of Biomedical Sciences from the University of Sheffield, I am familiar with presenting of scientific topics during my research, but taking this opportunity to talk about my Mum's experiences with endometriosis and my own recent diagnosis as patients was more difficult than critically analysis a science paper university module. Warning: I get a bit emotional although I did try to keep it together. This conference took place only two weeks after my diagnostic laparoscopy and I was still emotionally raw and physically healing.
I thank the Rotaract club for encouraging me to speak out and for getting behind this project whole-heartedly. I am not the first women to speak out, and I defiantly won't be the last. I hope by doing so someone else feels like they can find resources to get the medical and emotional help they need. Although it can feel like it, those of us with endometriosis are not alone and we should be taken seriously.
Dr Badar Islam
Dr Lucy Whitaker
Magda Marečková is a DPhil student at the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, University of Oxford. She talks about the importance of studying endometriosis and give some insights from her PhD lab where she is investigating the difference between cells of women with and without endometriosis.
Magda has previously helped to spread awareness of Endometriosis through her work with The Royal Institute. You can listen to her podcast, Twitter takeover, and her blog entry to the MRC Max Perutz Science Writing to learn more. She is also the winner of the Special Young Scientist Award at the Fast Forward Science 2020 web-video competition, for her video (below): "‘Heavy periods, intense pain and no one to talk to. Could you have endometriosis?”
Katrina is a Journalist student at the University of Sheffield and a writer for student-led and Sheffield based Liberty Belle magazine.
Katrina has written about this project and endometriosis featuring an interview with Catherine Pennington (myself) and Jane Chatterton (club president): Sheffield youth pushing for conversation about endometriosis