Spreading awareness in yellow

March to raise awareness of endometriosis (picture by Neil Doig SSFM1014014)
March to raise awareness of endometriosis (picture by Neil Doig SSFM1014014)

Dozens of people donned their brightest yellow and took to the street at the weekend to raise awareness of the condition endometriosis.

The march was organised by Methil resident Claire Watson, who was dignosed with the condition four years ago, and just recently underwent a full hysterectomy and medically enduced menopause because of the severity of her symptoms.

The march, along Kirkcaldy High Street, attracted dozens of locals and other sufferers who were eager to raise awareness ahead of Endometriosis Week (March 3 - 9).

And in a bid to make a lasting impression on the weekend shoppers, Claire even organised and took part in a flash mob.

“You couldn’t miss us in our yellow tops,” said Claire. “but that’s what we wanted - for people to stop and look and take notice.

“We handed out leaflets to people and I made some endo ribbon badges that we all wore as well.

“Hopefully we’ve made at least one person go home and look it up.”

As part of Endometriosis Awareness Week, Claire will be trying to drum up as much support as possible for the EndoMarch movement, which takes place around the world on March 13.

A video of the Kirkcaldy event will even be sent to its headquarters in Washington to be included with hundreds of others from around the globe.

And Claire is hoping that this event will be the start of much bigger things and is already in talks to organise a full-scale national march for next year.

Claire will also be joining other sufferers at the Scottish Parliament next Wednesday as they try to campaign for more funding for research.

For more information, search ‘Endometriosis Fife’ on Facebook.