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‘Endo Warrior’ Caroline McElnea on her 13-year struggle to get endometriosis diagnosis: ‘My hormones were all over the place, it was a horrible time’

A Belfast woman spent 13 years in pain before being diagnosed with endometriosis. Now she’s on a mission to help others

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Endometriosis can affect women of all ages

Endometriosis can affect women of all ages

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Endometriosis can affect women of all ages

Caroline McElnea was only 13 when she began experiencing very heavy periods, with stomach cramps that she describes as “overwhelming”.

I remember fainting in assembly in school, and I went to a mixed school of girls and boys, and I was so embarrassed about it,” says the 41-year-old Belfast Trust administration worker.


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