Continuing the endo fight for Fife women

Claire doing her march in Kirkcaldy in 2014
Claire doing her march in Kirkcaldy in 2014
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A woman from Methil is continuing her fight to raise awareness of endometriosis by taking part in a march in Edinburgh.

Claire Smith (34), who was diagnosed with the condition in 2012, will travel to the Capital this Sunday with other members of the Endo Fife group - as well as campaigners from Edinburgh and Glasgow - to march through the city centre as part of an awareness day.

The group will hand out information leaflets, there will be doctors from the Edinburgh Endometriosis clinic on hand to offer advice, as well as entertainment from local boy and Red Hot Chilli Pipers member Cameron Barnes and facepainting for the kids.

Claire has been an avid campaigner for the last three years, starting a Facebook page to help other sufferers, and organising a march along Kirkcaldy High Street last year.

She also started the local Fife support group which meets every two months.

The campaign is going really well,” said Claire. “Especially the Endo Fife page on Facebook which has become a lot bigger than even I ever expected, which is great, but it can be a bit scary! But we are managing to reach more and more women, which is my main goal - to raise awareness.

We are managing to reach more and more women, which is my main goal - to raise awareness.

“People on the page have been really positive as well. We have to raise awareness and educate people, especially young girls - endo is the second most common gyny problem and people have no idea what it is.”

Claire will also be taking part in an information day on Saturday, organised by the support group in Edinburgh, taking place at the Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue.

The march will start at the bandstand in West Princes Street Gardens at 1.00 p.m. this Sunday. The next meeting of the Fife Support group takes place on April 16 in the Victoria Hospital staff room from 7.00-9.00 p.m.