Fight against endometriosis stigma | Sarina Russo

Fight against endometriosis stigma

By Sarina Russo Editorial Team
Fight against endometriosis stigma

Around 1 million Australians are enduring the silent struggle of endometriosis, a chronic illness that often remains undiagnosed for years, leaving individuals grappling with physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Amidst this backdrop, one of our courageous First Nations Apprentice, Jayde Mills, has bravely stepped forward to share her journey of living with endometriosis. Her story is not just about personal struggle but also about advocacy, aiming to raise awareness and understanding about this debilitating condition.

Jayde's enthusiasm for entering the male-dominated mechanic industry was palpable as she embarked on her apprenticeship with Mid Coast Automotive Group in October 2021. However, health challenges spanning nearly a decade impacted not only her physical well-being but also her mental health.

Navigating her demanding trade while grappling with her health issues, Jayde found solace in the unwavering support of her employer, who showed exceptional understanding and accommodation. Despite the setbacks, including leaving work mid-shift due to health issues, Jayde persisted in her quest for answers.

Finally, in February 2024, Jayde received a diagnosis of endometriosis and underwent surgery to address it. Her journey, marked by resilience and determination, serves as an inspiration to others facing similar battles.

With support from her Women in Non-Traditional Trades mentor Eerin Blackmore, Jayde recognised the importance of sharing her story. Together, they aim to amplify awareness, dispel misconceptions, and foster a supportive environment for individuals living with endometriosis.

As Jayde continues her apprenticeship, her advocacy for endometriosis awareness will undoubtedly make a positive impact, helping to reduce stigma, increase understanding, and improve support systems for those affected by this chronic illness.

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