Oldham set to place significant focus on endometriosis
Date published: 24 June 2022
Pictured are (left to right): Ali Rahman (Marketing Director, I-Breathe), Dr Anita Sharma, Saleem Patel (Retail Director, I-Breathe) and Bilal Rahman (Managing Director, I-Breathe)
Oldham is about to host one of the most important events ever staged in the North of England on endometriosis, a condition that cripples one in ten women of childbearing age.
And to kick-off a campaign to better enlighten the public, charity Endometriosis Awareness North is holding its showcase in a five-a-side football arena – because men are largely clueless about a blight that can result in inability to conceive, relentless physical pain and mental torture.
Also witnessed by senior politicians, top medics, and guests, from NHS women’s groups across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside, speakers will also unveil the findings of a study with endo sufferers to find out whether depression and debilitation associated with the disease is making them think “dark, suicidal thoughts.”
The charity and showcase are the brainchild of Oldham GP and national women’s health expert, Dr Anita Sharma, who said: “The event is an open-door for all those wondering about endometriosis.
"That could be those recently diagnosed or already living with it and indeed the people who care for them.
"I am delighted we have a cross section of medics too, as treatment of the condition is not what it should be.
"As for the boys I ask them this, how can you ignore a condition that makes women bleed constantly, double-up in pain and endure endless days of hopelessness?
"I am sure this has been down to ignorance so far, so now is the time to learn about endometriosis and take proper care of your sisters.”
Also on the agenda at the July 1 event is:
• A presentation from Dr Sharma about the lack of knowledge around endometriosis at GP level
• A speech by Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician Dr Gaity Ahmad about hospital care and the up to ten-year wait for a diagnosis of endometriosis
• The results of a survey with sufferers about the state of their mental health and,
• First-hand accounts from Oldham endo warrior and Endometriosis Awareness North ambassador, Courtney Ormrod (pictured below) and her dad Paul
Endometriosis Awareness North has formed a striking partnership with owners of the Kick Sonic soccer academy, I-Breathe, who are hosting proceedings in Oldham.
Since meeting last year, the vaping manufacturers who are committed to offering a less damaging alternative to smoking than cigarettes, have been helping to raise money for the good cause.
Managing Director Bilal Rahman said: “I will be honest by saying that though we had heard the word “endometriosis”, none of us really knew what it was.
"But the minute Courtney in particular told us their story, you could hear a pin drop.
"We knew we had to do something about it.
"This is affecting our sisters, our wives, our girlfriends and far too many females within our communities.”
Dr Sharma concluded: “If everyone were to adopt the attitude of I-Breathe, suffering would be shortened considerably.
"We need better research into the condition, a more dynamic approach by doctors when it comes to diagnosing it, and first and foremost, greater awareness.
"Endometriosis may affect females directly – but it is all our business.
"Come to the event and find out how you can help.”
The Endometriosis Awareness North showcase is staged at the Kick Start Football Academy on July 1.
Admission is free.
To secure a place, please click here
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