Marching for awareness

Claire Watson
Claire Watson

A young Methil woman who was diagnosed with a widely-unknown condition is hoping she can raise more awareness of it through a march in Fife next month.

Claire Watson, who works for Fife Council, was diagnosed with endometriosis – which affects one in 10 women in the UK – in May 2012 after over 10 years of being mis-diagnosed.

And sadly, at the age of just 33, Claire has already had to undergo a medically-induced menopause and had a hysterectomy last July.

Last year, she appeared in the Mail to tell her story, and has since managed to help nearly a dozen women from the area, including helping one woman to finally reach a diagnosis.

Claire said: “Last year I wanted to help one woman – this year I want to help millions.”

Often wrongly diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, endometriosis is caused by tissue which normally grows inside the womb growing outside in the pelvic area, leading to inflammation, scarring and adhesions.

It can cause women a great deal of pain, and other symptoms include painful and irregular periods, pain during and after intercourse, bowel problems and fatigue.

In a bid to bring the condition to the forefront of people’s minds, and to coincide with Endometriosis Awareness Week from March 4-10, Claire has organised a march along Kirkcaldy High Street, which she hopes many people from the area will also take part in.

Claire said: “Everyone is wearing yellow, as yellow is colour of our ribbon, and everyone is welcome – kids, men, anyone who wants to take part.”

Claire is hoping this will be the start of much bigger things and is already in talks to organise a full-scale national march for next year as part of the EndoMarch movement, which first originated in America.

The project aims to raise awareness of the condition through marches and demonstrations and on March 13, people in 53 countries around the world will march for awareness.

“Hopefully it will be just as big here, because this condition needs more publicity,” said Claire.

The march will take place on March 1 at 1.00p.m., starting at the east end of Kirkcaldy High Street.

For more details and information about endometriosis, search ‘Endometriosis Fife’ on Facebook.