Thursday, 18 June 2020

Let's talk about endometriosis

Let's talk about endometriosis, because it affects 10% of women and many people know nothing about it. 

I'm unfortunately part of this 10%, and it's taken most of my adult life to be properly diagnosed. I hesitated about writing this, but in the end decided I'd spent too many years hiding my symptoms and making up stories about why I couldn't do things. Yes, I'm on the introvert side socially, but a lot of my "antisocial" over the years has not actually been by choice.

There are 4 stages of endometriosis, and in 2019 I had a laparoscopy which finally, definitively diagnosed Stage III going into Stage IV.

Without going into specifics, Stage IV is where endo starts to grow onto/into other organs in the pelvic cavity, and if left untreated can cause some fairly awful longer term problems. Nobody knows why this happens.

Yesterday I underwent surgery to have my endo removed. Today my lovely doctors advised they are confident they got it all! Finally, some positive news in 2020!

I'm not looking for sympathy (really, please don't, I'm weirdly awkward and invariably say something dumb), but this disease can have a significant impact on a woman's life and that of her family, and many women don't talk about it or don't feel like they have anyone they can talk about it with, so if you'd like to talk, feel free. Since I started talking, I've discovered several women I already knew who have lived with endo and I had no idea.

Consider 10 women in your life, and then consider that statistically, one is suffering with endo at some level, most likely in silence. They may or may not even know what the problem is. Statistically also, it takes an average 7-10 years to diagnose this condition, although mine took much longer. 

As I've joked-but-not-really to several friends - if this affected men, there would have been a blue pill 30 years ago! But we women have a higher pain tolerance, we "suck it up", and we don't talk enough about women's health for a whole bunch of reasons.

I'm very much looking forward to living the next stage of my life without this beast. Feel free to comment or message if you'd like to chat.

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Monday, 8 June 2020

Recommended Read: Social Media is Ruining Your Life

This guy knows the deal. Social media is a massive manipulation engine.

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Thursday, 28 May 2020

Recommended Read: Facebook Executives Shut Down Efforts to Make the Site Less Divisive

#Facebook is a classic example of "Just because you CAN, doesn't necessarily mean you SHOULD" in technology. Technology should be created to assist, improve or enhance the lives of people, with appropriate consideration for the consequences of it's implementation, both positive and negative. 

Too often, technology is created for the sake of doing it, to make money, to be first, because somebody else is doing it, or because somebody with influence decided it was a good idea at the time, with little regard for people or consequence.  

Today we are witnessing some of the results of these decisions. 
#technology #peopleandculture #ethicalleadership #ethicsmatter

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Thursday, 30 January 2020

A new website for the Joomla Australia community

Announcing the new Joomla Australia website, a project which I project-managed:

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

JoomlaDay Australia 2019

Had such a great time being involved in the 2019 JoomlaDay Australia conference! #JoomlaDayAu is 100% volunteer-run, and it was a fantastic experience. Onwards and upwards for 2020! (in Melbourne, but shhh, that's not officially announced yet 🤪) 
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