ENDO SISTERS UNITE! / by cheryl stephenson




Ahead of their Endo Sharing Circle session with us, we caught up with hosts Jess and Vickie over a cuppa to get the story on how a little SLC magic brought the pair together to work on health condition that affects them both, and many others like them.

Dealing with pain, even via more conventional means using prescribed painkillers, can be a physically and mentally debilitating experience. When there’s no known cure and the symptoms can vary widely from case to case, treatment can feel like a game of chance that can often miss the mark and still not deal with the emotional side-affects that dealing with long-term pain can cause.




This Endolife founder, Jessica Duffin and Natural Rhythmic Healer, Vickie Williams, met at a She’s Lost Control session, got chatting and discovered that they were both living day to day with a condition known as Endometriosis (or Endo for short).

“Vickie and I have a alternative way of dealing with Endo to the norm” Jessica told us recently, “and it can be quite isolating because family and friends can think you're being hippie or extreme. Meeting Vickie was like finding my people (or person!) and we had a really long chat about our stories, especially as Vickie had quite serious Endo issues going on at the time.“

As they chatted, they began thinking of ways they could support others together and asked us whether we’d be interested in hosting a support workshop with us, “I remember leaving SLC that day feeling pretty high on love and support!”

Considering the fact that Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 (mainly women) worldwide there’s a staggering lack of awareness about the condition or treatment available. In the UK alone it affects 1.5 million women, but gets much less funding than conditions with similar numbers of diagnosed conditions. Essentially, Endo is a common condition where tissue that behaves like the lining of the womb (endometrium) is found in other parts of the body. It can appear in many different places, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes, inside the tummy, and in or around the bladder or bowel.

It can cause chronic fatigue and pain, depression, anxiety, heavy bleeding, IBS symptoms, urinary tract issues, hormonal imbalances, infertility, painful sex, allergies and so much more. For many sufferers it can feel like a bit of a never-ending list!




“Endo can seem impossible to live with,” Jessica explains, “but people are making progress and change with diet, alternative therapies and self-care, all over the world people are taking back control of their bodies with different methods that suit them. It's not an easy disease to live with, in fact, it's incredibly hard, but through support, information and connecting to our bodies again, we're learning new ways to live happier and healthier lives even with this condition.“



With their forthcoming Endo Sharing Circle at She’s Lost Control, Jessica and Vickie will host an empowering, caring and supportive session for those of you with the condition in order to relax and discover new methods of managing symptoms as well as share stories in an environment where you won’t feel that have to struggle to be acknowledged, believed or understood. 

It’s an opportunity for suffers to find comfort and be held by others who share similar stories, so this time we do stress that this session is only open to those diagnosed with Endometriosis – though we’re hoping to host future sessions for those with and without to broaden awareness and hopefully focus some much needed attention on the condition!

We have added a special friends discount to the session, so it really is a case of Endo Sisters unite! 

For those of you heading to us for the session, the Hackney Half-Marathon will have wrapped up by the time we start, but roads and transport will be a little more disrupted than normal on your way in. Good excuse to make a day of it, take in the race maybe or a little bite at one of our favourite local’s Grand Howl or Rehab. You can stay up to speed with your route to us at tfl.gov.uk