Shock as Woman reveals she’s not Superwoman after all…

A few things recently have prompted me to write this post, but this post (Between The Gaps) in particular by The Dexterous Diva, really hit home for me. Why aren’t I talking about it, raising awareness, admitting I’m not Superwoman? Its because I don’t like admitting that I’m sometimes knocked sideways by Endometriosis. Who likes admitting that sometimes, they aren’t as strong or as with it as they appear?

But having said that, I’ve been inspired by The Dexterous Diva, aka Jo Gifford, who talks candidly about her own struggles with Endo and the pain and upheaval it can cause with your body and your life. Days like today- where I’d arranged to take my family to The Vintage Home Show at Victoria Baths and meet friends there and mingle and browse. Dosing myself up on Codeine didn’t make mush of a difference today- I lasted about 45mins and 20 of those were sat down in the cafe there.

Putting on my make-up and clothes this morning I refuse to let it take over the day, but sometimes it just becomes about making the most of the time that you feel well and strong. Having a blog with a voice in the public realm, I feel a certain amount of responsibility to be honest with my readers- I always have been by the way, but there are certain things that just haven’t come up before.

I’ve been aware I had Endo from 2008 and had surgery at this time resulting in being pregnant. The endo has slowly but surely come back and I’ll be having the same surgery again soon and hoping for the same result. Please wish me luck!

I know this is a departure from what I normally write about and I hope it doesn’t put any of my readers off. I  just wanted to do my part for raising awareness and perhaps explain why if you’ve met me in “real life” I might have made my excuses and left quickly or seemed a bit spaced out! I only really want people to see the best of me you see.

This postcard by fabulous illustrator Antonia Parker is the first in a series with aim of raising awareness.

Please do let me know if you’ve found this post interesting or helpful in any way, it would be great to learn what you think as I’ll be writing in more detail on the subject of Endometriosis and my own experiences with it in the future.



  1. CameronPoe2409
    June 10, 2012 / 6:03 pm

    Hi, I have Endo too and its an awful condition that should be raised awareness of, you are just so much braver than me to do that! I found out I had Endo early 2008, I’d been unwell for about a year (I thought I had an ulcer because of a family bereavement). I had to have have an operation to remove two large cysts and three months off work. Its a painful and debilitating condition that I don’t think people can really understand and sometimes I feel that we do get brushed off by GPs. I want to wish you luck with your next operation and that everything turns out well for you. xx

  2. French Knots
    June 11, 2012 / 2:24 pm

    My endo was only diagnosed when a cyst ruptured, the op allowed me to get pregnant with my daughter and I’ve been lucky and had two more children. It is a terrible condition to live with. Hope your op goes well. xx

  3. June 11, 2012 / 7:06 pm

    I have no idea just how much you endo sufferers really do suffer. Of course we’re not ‘put off’ when you write about your reality! And hey, personally, I hate superwoman!! I do honestly wish you every success in your surgery hon xXx

  4. June 11, 2012 / 10:01 pm

    I think it’s great that you blogged about this Susie as I know it’s not always easy to post about personal stuff that’s less than positive. But it’s so important to raise awareness and let other sufferers know they are not alone.

    One of my best friends and also one of my sisters in law have suffered with Endo and I have an inkling of how hard it is and how it affects your life. Am sending sympathy and lots of luck to you re your next round of surgery.

    And don’t worry, I’m sure everyone who reads this post will only think warmly of you and send best wishes xx

  5. Fortheloveofvintage
    June 13, 2012 / 9:48 pm

    Susie how brave of you to blog about such a painful subject. My cousin suffers terribly and as a result will never be a mother. Honest & refreshing, your blog can only help raise awareness X

  6. June 14, 2012 / 12:34 pm

    Ah! Thanks all for the lovely comments here and on twitter, it really means a lot and if it helps anyone else too that’s a total bonus x

  7. Jo (Dexterous Diva)
    June 30, 2012 / 1:15 pm

    Hey Suse, I have only just seen this. Brave post my darling, and I know SO how you feell – having to rest and bosh codeine to manage an hour at an event. Thanks for being so open and brave. xxx