*You've probably never heard of Endometriosis*. Then you might be surprised to hear it affects 1 in 10 women in the UK and Ireland. Endometriosis is a condition that affects the ovaries and womb, resulting in devastating pain, that is so incapacitating its officially a disability. It's been described to me as being stabbed constantly in the gut. The internal problems it creates often leads to infertility- which isn't just physically hard on a woman, or couple, but mentally painful too.
And there is no cure. Hormone therapy sometimes helps, and women often require multiple surgery to relieve the pain and build-up of internal material. For all sufferers it's a case of enduring pain, daily, weekly, monthly- and for life.
* If you want to know more, please check out: http://endometriosis-uk.org/understanding-endometriosis
*Where I come in:* Many of my friends have Endometriosis. The problem is most women who have it don't realise it is more than just 'bad period pains', and dose with painkillers. I want to raise awareness of it, so women seek help and advice on how to handle it and prevent infertility. If I can raise a few quid to give to Endometriosis UK, they can upgrade their staff from part-time to full time, and continue their work.
Looking for a seriously physical and mental challenge, I found the *'Spartan Races'*, and signed up for the 'Trifecta'. *A grueling triad of 5/13/21KM races with 15/21/26 obstacles*, where failure on any obstacle is punished with 30 blurpees. It is *hard*, and I am not fit. Yet their motto is to endure, and overcome. *Check out a video here:* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBS1BZwfi4g
* On August 30th I run the Spartan Sprint (5KM+, 15 obstacles), *and the next day* I run the Spartan Super (13KM+, 21 obstacles).
*Please Donate any amount you can, be it 100 or 1.*