My name is Jayden brown, I’m a 15 year old sudent at Rangiora high school. I was diagnosed with endometriosis after having a surgery on the 16th of April. It all started when I got my first period at the age of 13, I was told it was normal to have cramps in my stomach so I just ignored it. Soon enough I ended up having weeks off school because my stomach pain was so bad, it stopped me from spending time with my friends and lost some friendships from my absence. Me and my mum went to the doctors to talk about what was going on and my doctor had told me it sounds like endometriosis, at that point I had no clue what this was. I thought to myself “sounds like endo- what?!” About a month after we had an assembly at my school talking about it and after hearing the symptoms I freaked out. I was put on a medication named Ponstan but it didn’t help at all. I ended up having an ultrasound just to check if they could see anything that wasn’t normal, the doctors didn’t find anything so they started talking about surgery. We waited around 6 months to be on a waiting list which then we waited another 4 months. My surgery wasn’t at the hospital but at the Rangiora health hub in the surgery bus that travels around New Zealand. I also had a Mirena put in to slow down the growth of endometriosis. After the surgery I was still on anaesthetic, I got shown what endometriosis actually looks like in person and I was really confused and didn’t really know what to think of it.