I am Keisha Meek and I am 27 years old. I’m a PMO Support here at Virgin Media. I felt inspired to share my story after seeing so many of our people come forward to bravely share theirs.
My journey started when I was 11 years old when I got my first period. I would get horrific pain and have to take days off school. 10 years ago, the doctors told me they thought I had endometriosis but I was too young to be diagnosed or have surgery.
In 2012, I had to have surgery for a womb polyp and ovarian cysts and after much persistence several years later; it was confirmed that I did in fact have endometriosis.
I’ve been going back and forth between doctors and due to the pain I’ve had to give up activities that I’ve always enjoyed doing. From football to dancing I have always been active up until the last year. This is due to two surgeries in a short space of time and unfortunately the disease is causing a lot of issues to my organs such as my bowels, meaning I am in a lot pain and have a real lack of energy.
I also suffer with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which 1 in 5 women have. I have sadly lost multiple babies and will most likely have to have IVF as one baby was conceived via Clomid.
The NHS states it is one of the most painful things a human being can suffer with.
I feel this disease really has taken a toll on my mental health: we all have issues in life that are thrown at us daily, but when you spend every day in pain it can make those issues seem even worse. If you want to know my full story you can read it here.
1 in 10 women across the world suffer with endometriosis. It’s a common illness, which isn’t really spoken about. This is why I feel it’s important to share my experience. There will be people across the business suffering, some who are too scared to talk about it. I am speaking out because I know myself how lonely it can make you feel until you meet others like yourself.
Believe me, you are not alone.