Endometriosis sufferer takes on brave fight

KEEPING HER WORD: Demi Puttergill, who suffers from endometriosis, is set to race at her second fun run. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN
KEEPING HER WORD: Demi Puttergill, who suffers from endometriosis, is set to race at her second fun run. Picture: FREDLIN ADRIAAN

BAY teenager, Demi Puttergill, 15, who spoke up about her painful yet unseen condition last year, will put her money where her mouth is this weekend by championing the second annual fun run/walk for endometriosis.

March is internationally recognised as endometriosis awareness month and jointly organised by Puttergill and Happi (Healing and Addressing Pelvic Pain in Women), a support group for women with chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis, the race will be an effort to raise awareness for the illness.

The race will be held at Crossways Farm Village, just outside Port Elizabeth at 8.30am on Sunday March 9.

Everyone who is interested is welcome to participate and may choose between the 6km and 12km distances. Adults will register at a fee of R30, children at R10 and entrance is free for children under five years.

“The race was extremely successful and in 2013 attracted more than 200 people. We are expecting between 200 to 400 people this year,” Puttergill said.

She said the proceeds received from entries would be donated to Happi.

According to Happi co-founder and project manager Madge Blignaut, “Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition where the cells from the lining of the uterus grow outside the uterus, most commonly into the membrane which lines the abdominal cavity.

“Studies show that this condition affects five to 10% of women of reproductive age. Although there is no cure for endometriosis yet, it can be treated and managed successfully,” Blignaut said.

Happi co-founder and specialist gynaecologist Dr Gary Solomon said, “Adolescents are often told by their families that their period pains are normal, however this is may not be absolutely true.”

Further information and registration queries from Blignaut, 084-517-9914. – Balisa Ntloko

 

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